Welcome to my series, The Editing Diaries!
In a nutshell, I’m editing my story LASER and bringing you guys along for the ride. I want you to see how my process for editing novels works (and maybe I’ll figure out my process with you). So, buckle your seatbelts, we’re going on a trip!
As Camp NaNo comes to a close (I joined a cabin, but did not really participate), I have begun to think about NaNoWriMo.
Not really seriously think about it. Just browsing my One Note file called “Sock Drawer” (I have plot bunnies in there, not socks). And thinking “Maybe I’ll write this one in November.” and “How could I actually make this concept work?”. And also thinking that I want my dear word war chatroom to be as busy as it once was during NaNo events (thinking about posting a link sometime closer to November).
But in order to participate in NaNoWriMo this November, I absolutely, no exceptions, must be done editing LASER.
At the very least, I must be done with the macro-edits and the big micro-edits.
So, that’s my grand goal. I finished outlining the rest of this pass last night. Goal: Be DONE with this pass by August 19th.
August 19th happens to be my birthday.
hope think that it won’t take me that long to finish this pass.
“What’s after this pass, Katie?”
Round 2. Which is like Round 1 except I have a better idea of what I’m doing. Maybe. Kind of.
Basically, I read through it again, making note of what needs to be fixed still. Then I edit again. Hopefully, it will be easier this round, but the beginning of the book has me a bit intimidated…
But I am determined to prevail. Death or Story!
Speaking of grand plots, I mentioned finishing an outline.
“But aren’t you a discovery writer, Katie?”
I’ve been wondering how true that is. I seem to do better writing if I have at least a vague idea of what needs to happen at least at certain points.
Which makes me think that maybe I’m not so much of a discovery-writer as I am an impatient outliner. I still like being surprised by my own plot twists and too much outlining does kill the excitement, but… I start so many mini-outlines throughout drafting and I almost always end up with a detailed outline at the end of the story.
I like knowing how everything comes together and how all the ends get tied up into a pretty bow. And ending outlines excite me and encourage me to hurry up and finish the darn thing.
And I don’t think I’ve ever followed an ending outline to the letter. I don’t feel restricted by these outlines. It’s not written in stone, it’s written on paper and folded up with a label and “If lost, please return to Katie, ASAP!” and a smiley face on it.
So… can I expand this ending outline to include a beginning and middle?
Maybe. Maybe not.
So, how was Camp NaNo? Anyone still sprinting to the finish line? Who outlines and who discovery-writes (or both!)? Any tips about outlining?