Writing your first draft is fun but editing it is a bitch!
We all know this, but must do it anyway. . .
I know, sucks, right? But, someone’s gotta do it. And, unless we gotta couple thousand lying around (which, if you’re a writer starting out, you surely don’t), that someone’s gotta be us.
Well, as a one-and-done guy myself, I don’t know if I have the license to give advice on editing a first draft (or editing in general) but I’ll give it a shot anyway.
Alright, the first mistake writers make is trying to do it all in one go. Don’t.
Seriously, don’t. You’ll hurt yourself.
The second mistake is that they try to do it after they’ve had full day and have used up all their prime energy. Again, don’t.
You’ll hurt yourself.
Third, writer’s are typically impatient (unless they’re slow writers to begin with).
That’s not a shot, just an observation.
Anyway, how do you go about editing a first draft?
Simple, take it a couple pages at a time. That’s it.
Instead of trying to take on a five hundred page behemoth, try editing five pages a day; or, if your chapters are short, one chapter a day.
I know, I know, it’s a slow and boring approach. But, it’s more manageable and healthy for your sanity than trying to edit five hundred pages in twenty-four hours by going dungeon mode.
Sure, writing in dungeon mode is fun. But, editing in dungeon mode. . .
is just about the worst form of torture one could subject themselves too, unless you’re a sadist then go right ahead! No one’s stopping you!
Alright, I know this is a bit different from my usual style but, as you can see, all that’s required for this is common sense. So, that’s my spiel. Til next week. . .