I’ve found myself in an interesting position. I need to start polishing and editing two different stories. Each is about 50,000-60,000 words each. They are my NaNoWriMo novels from last November and this June. It’s an interesting position because I’ve rarely ever finished a story before.
For example – the fantasy novel I’ve been posting bits and pieces of over the last several Write on Edge prompts is at like 75,000 words and nowhere near done yet. I’d say I’ve probably got at least 25,000 words left to write to get to the end. At least that one I know where the end is. Usually I don’t have a clue.
My first impulse is to read each one and start making changes. But I hesitate at doing so. What if I start changing things and then part way through change my mind and go a different direction? This makes me think I need to just read each one through all the way once and look for where there are issues.
I have given my one story to a beta reader (a.k.a my sister) and she’s given me feedback on that one. I do like her way giving feedback. She sent me a series of emails every 2-3 chapters with things from small typos I missed to inconsistencies in the story.
Maybe that’s the best way to go. Read each story through with pen and notebook in hand. Make notes on each chapter of what I need to work on or fix. Then go back and actually start fixing.
How do you go about editing a novel length piece one you’ve finished it? Any advice you can share?