Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Starting the Editing Process

Since finishing my novel (now titled Going Public) at the end of November, I haven't touched it. My fiance is reading it now, and making some notes as he goes, but I haven't touched it. I have read a few of his notes, and talked about it with him, but I can't read it just yet.

I have instead been reading  Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King. I have learned a lot from this single book, and it is sure to be an invaluable tool for me. Now that I am almost finished with that book, I will soon be reading and editing my novel. That's still a strange thought to me. I wrote a novel. An entire book that people can read. Granted, it needs lots of work, as I didn't edit much as I went along.

I know things that need work. I wrote it in present tense, and sometimes I slipped out of that. My dialogue mechanics need work, as does the actual dialogue. I also need to add some scene setting, showing more of what is around my characters.

Overall, I think I like the structure and story, so I can't see that changing much in the second draft. After I am finished with my second draft, I will have a few more read it to see what the strengths and weaknesses are before I do my third draft. After that, I will probably begin the long query process.

Until then, I will continue to tweet (@TperiodKyle) and blog to get my name out there and connect with publishing professionals (editors & literary agents), and my fellow writers (both published and unpublished).


  1. Self Editing for Fiction Writers is fantastic, I'm glad you're using it. Still so proud of you for finishing your rough draft! Can't wait to see where this all goes.

  2. I'm trying to do the right thing, taking the whole process very seriously. I want to be published eventually, so I need to try hard to make my novel as good as possible.