Starting the editing process

Well, where to start. The all important words that will mark the end of the blood, sweat and tears that you poured onto each page, have been typed – “THE END”.

Then after I went on to celebrate with a few glasses of wine, I have put it away for at least a couple of months to marinate and so that I can let my mind have a break from it. When I re-open it, my eyes will then come back to it afresh when the editing starts.

Now that I am ready to tackle it, I sit in front of my computer, note book and pen poised at my side, a fresh cup of steaming coffee on my other side. Only problem is that when I open up the document I can’t seem to focus and don’t know where to start with the editing.

There a few points that I have already jotted down to revise, as I was writing the ending my mind had wandered back to the beginning and I was not happy with how the first few chapters flowed (or didn’t as the case may be). But the problem is that I feel a little bit like I’m paralysed to start pulling it apart.

It seems to be true what people say about it, “Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings”. But at the moment I still feel too attached to each darling word, to be so merciless to cut and slash at all my hard work. So in a bid to stay motivated I will be taking ‘baby steps’ in the whole editing process.

I will start by tackling the spelling and punctuation as I read through the story as a whole. Then I am hoping that by the end, I will be able to start with the bigger editing plan and that I will find it easier to make the necessary changes to improve the story as a whole.

In the meantime I have also started work on two more stories, each one in a different genre. I know, I know. Everyone has advised me that I should pick one genre and stick to writing in just that one. But I am finding it more motivating to keep writing in both, paranormal romance and now a contemporary murder. Each time I come to a natural break on one, I swap to the other and carry on. This way I have overcome the natural writers block I seem to get when I sink all of my efforts into the one piece of work.

If anyone out there has any hints and tips on how to make this editing any easier to deal with, please, please let me know.

Likewise if you have any tips on how to juggle two very different genres successfully, I would love to hear about it.

In the meantime, wish me luck.

E-A Jones

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