Or so it began two weeks ago. ;-)
I started my first substantive edits a few weeks ago and rewrites on Monday. Even though this is my second novel, it is my first real experience of changing and moving and cutting words in an order that actually makes sense! (Don't ask about my previous experiences, just know it resembled something like Swiss cheese)
There is a certain amount of fear that comes with editing. What if I don't see what needs to be fixed? What if I can't figure out my subplot? What if my story is too depressing and I am just wasting my time?
What if? What if? What if? What if?
I admit those are my two most used/hated words in my vocabulary. And usually when I start thinking along the what if lines I find myself in front of a spider solitaire game.
Coming into my edits for the first time on a full length novel the one thing I have learned is: one page at a time.
Just. One. Page. At. A. Time.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. (or so I've heard, I have yet to try it myself)
I can't think about the other 336 pages that need to be fixed, I need to focus on that one page. The dialogue, showing, plot, setting, emotions. The big picture is simply overwhelming, but I can do one page.
I still won't doubt I fight the What If syndrome, but one page a time seems to be a helpful cure. *wink*
Do you have any helpful editing tips?
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