Now that the first draft of Lacrimosa is almost finished (only a couple of chapters to go), and I don’t want to start anything new until NaNo, I am beginning to switch to full editing mode. So I started thinking…what on earth does that even mean – editing mode.
For Lacrimosa, it has been through a thorough first round of edits with my crit partners. I posted 15 pps weekly with them while it was being written And I incorporated their ideas, suggestions, etc and polished as I wrote the first draft. So, my first draft of this story is really more like a second or third draft.
So, what now?
Now, I need to read it through – from beginning to end. Working in 15 to 20 pp increments makes for a problem seeing the larger picture at times. So, before it goes to a new set of critters, I need to read it through, flesh out plot inconsistencies, and smooth transitions.
I also plan on looking at pacing and the story arc itself. This particular story is a very fast paced, read in a single setting, kind of story. I want to ensure that there are no wasted words or scenes.
I also have to weave in some bigger elements – things I discovered towards the end of the story as being more important than I initially thought.
After that, it is off to my betas. And I will put it through another series of edits.
I have one special reader I am saving for last – One last person to help me see if it is ready … you know, really ready to share with the world.
That is my process. What’s yours?