It used to take me FOREVER, Reader. Weeks. Months even. And I used to dread it just as much as everyone else.
Sometimes I’d put it off for weeks and start something new just so I wouldn't have to do it. Procrastination by means of doing more work. 😩
I’m of course talking about editing. More specifically editing a story.
It used to take me months to do. Endless weeks of grueling tedious work. Now that I have an organized well-thought-out system, I can edit a third of a book in a week. No joke.
So if the thought of editing makes you want to scroll the latest social media instead? Well, then you’re in luck because I’m about to show you how to do pain-free edits in 3 passes.
In your First Draft pass of edits you want to do the following:
Go through chapter by chapter and catalog important details about the main cast of characters and locations.
Highlight any place where info needs to be researched: measurements, place names, uniform details—anything—just highlight it and use a placeholder or symbol like an asterisk.
You can set up hotkeys to make highlights like this a snap in Scrivener
Make sure there are no remaining plot holes. You don’t want any unused Chekhov's guns or unintentional red herrings.
Lastly, make sure each scene flows into the next or that you properly utilize scene or chapter breaks.
In your Second Draft pass of edits you want to do the following:
Start at the beginning and fill in the info you highlighted in the previous draft. You know all those details you shelved to look up or research until later? Now's the time to do it.
Check your characters and location descriptions against your continuity log to ensure they remain consistent throughout the story.
This is why programs like Scrivener that offer a side-by-side view to display your log on one side and your story’s scene or chapter on the other are super helpful.
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