Stages of Editorial Revisions
Last time, I blogged about the first draft link http://: http://joannewritesbooks.com/blog/the-first-draft-meant-to-suck/over here and how you shouldn’t try to edit it before you finish and let it sit there for a while. Next, comes the revision that will become the second draft. Look for plot holes, Is everything solved? Are the characters well developed? Are descriptions vivid enough? Are their desires and wants understood?
Example in my thriller novel my main character Sophie Knight, seems she has everything, she’s beautiful, with a successful career, lives in a prestigious apartment in Notting Hill that she share with her husband Richard Knight. However, nothing is what it seems behind her polished exterior and killer wardrobe, she has developed a drinking problem. The book is told in her account written in her diary, her mission is to be good but as writer you have to make your character goal as hard as possible.
Give them a motivation the most famous is the Hunger Games Katniss’s sister name is called for the games, Katniss volunteers to take her place so now she has to survive the games.
You can give it to to a family member or a friend that you trust enough to point out those issues for you. After that, you edit it again according to their comments which will become the third draft. Try to correct the grammar and the spelling as much as you can. I use a reading aloud app that literally had saved my butt. Next comes beta readers. There are also critique partners I don’t have a critique partner wish I do but to find one but it’s difficult as finding a literary agent. I tried and no luck as in yet. Critique partners are another fellow writers, who writes in your genre you exchange chapters back and forth and put out anything that seems problematic. They put out the good too.
Beta readers are the general audience, people who love to read they tell you their overall review and thoughts of the manuscript and point out any issues. Don’t make any changes if one beta reader suggest a change if they all agree on that issue than you make the change. I like to prepare them a set of questions for them to cover everything I will post an example later on. A comment “it’s good” will not help your improvement as writer, so best to have a sheet with everything you like to cover.
Underneath I found this sheets in writer’s group that shows how the editing process works. Don’t forget to join writers groups on Facebook I think there are Twitter as well. Personally, I use Facebook, if you have doubts or questions, you can always ask over there and you always find someone who will help you out. I found a lot of help in there. Join my writers group on Facebook just copy and paste the link 🙂