The Editing Journey: Beginning Again and How I Edit Stuff

Well hello there.


Today I’m resurrecting my editing series. Why? 1) I’m not planning for NaNo any more, 2) I’m not writing for NaNo anymore, and 3) My story is still in the hands of my beta readers till the 31st of December.

Also, the semester is nearly over. That, of course, have time. Or at least in my head I think I do.

So I’m going back to last year’s NaNo project, the project that, while I was writing it, I got the feeling I should take writing this series seriously (this is where you go:  “d’aawww”)

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But this “book two” (It’s called Truth Remaining. If you wanted to know. Maybe not? I know too many titles gets overwhelming) has neglected while I worked on the first book in my Cost of Truth Trilogy, Sparrow Singing. I mean, you have to have the first book in a series to sell it… right?

So the past few days have consisted of me trying to get back into the groove of editing. And I thought I would go through what that looks like for me. (currently it looks a lot like not not writing or doing anything) 

But I’ve done this before. So here is the shortened version of what I should be doing.

(emphasis on the should??)

  1. I read through the manuscript and take copious notes on things I need to change, plot holes, ideas, etc. One page per chapter. (pro tip: don’t get discouraged about how horrid the manuscript is. Just think about filling in all those pot holes and making it smooth. Amanda perfect purrfect perfect cat
  2. Once finished, I boot up a new scrivener file and set it up where I can see the old Chapter One and re-write it into a new document below in. (and copy down the notes I made for myself in step one) screen shot of scrivener.jpg
  3. Then I re-write. As I go I’ll make files for my characters so I can remember random things about them, especially their personality types.


So, currently, that’s what’s going down. Or trying to go down. I’d love to get this draft done in time for December 31st so I can drop it and go back to work on Sparrow Singing.

We’ll see.

I love looking at other people’s editing processes. Whenever I find one on Pinterest I tuck it away so I can absorb it into my own process later. XD

How do you go about editing? What are you currently working on now?

Also, random side note: I’m changing my post schedule. Instead of posting on Wednesdays and Sundays, I’ll just be posting on Sundays from now on. This is so I can focus more on the quality of my content, my writing, and also because next semester I’ll have class on Wednesday.

This also means I’ll be participating in tags less often. I’m not ruling them out, but it’s unlikely I’ll get to many. So sorry!


The Editing Journey: Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016

((This post is brought to you by many Merida GIF’s, because I felt like it. Absolutely no reason. ))

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This past July was my first time seriously competing in Camp NaNoWriMo. I’d like to say I won, but I didn’t.

My goal was to add 8k to my WIP, Sparrow Singing. It was around 67k, and it really needs to be closer to 75k, and that’s the minimum. I only wrote 5k.

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So during July, I did another read through in order to add-on more words. It went shockingly well, but now that I’m finished with said read through (I finished reading through a few days AFTER NaNo. Hence the no winning XP) I’m kind of ambling about.

I have a nice list of things to go back and add or chance, like deepening and introducing themes earlier, changing names, etc, but I don’t want to do them. I’m feeling flat-out lazy about it. It’s so much easier to just plow through chapter after chapter in order instead of tweaking individual elements that are scattered all over the story.

BUT I WILL SURVIVE. That’s why I’m writing this Editing Journey post. It’s part of the survival process.
So00 I’m going to make a short list of accomplishments, and have you join in the conversation about your Camp NaNo experience, or any writing you did in you were more successful than I was 😉

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1. Added 5,107 words to my manuscript.

That puts me at around 72,521! It’s not what I wanted, but it’s better than nothing. Trying to find places that need beefing up while simultaneously ripping out stupid stuff that was left behind from the last Draft Two read through isn’t easy. But I wrote one or two new scenes that expanded on my story world.

So yay?

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2. ‘Added,’ more chapters.

Okay, so this is a little bit of a cheat. I actually didn’t add chapters as in brand new words. It was more like splitting up tremendously long (think 4k-6k word) chapters into more bite sized pieces. I went from about fifteen chapters to twenty-two.

They also have FABULOUS (I’m being sarcastic) names like “Okay,” and “Skinny Trees,” or maybe, “Lunchroom,” and “Health Exams.”

Oh, and we can’t forget the chapter I named Destruction. 😉

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3. I kept writing.

My numbers may be slim, my chapter titles may be tacky, but I kept going. I consistently wrote (not every single day, but just about) and consistently worked on betting my story.

Not I just need to get back into the groove of doing it again, because since I finished that read through, I’ve done almost nothing. *sigh*

SO TELL ME. How was your Camp experience? free internet S’mores to you, whether you won or lost!

Were you working on a new story, or editing an old? What’s it about? Let me know in the comments below!