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!
We are post-readthrough, now. And post-holidays. And post-procrastinating. And now we are at a blog post.
Yes, bad pun.
So, I am working on Riley’s POV and arc.
And this is something that I procrastinated on because all though I want her to have her story, I felt like I was messing it up, even with as little as I had worked on it. And quite frankly, it’s hard to rewrite and add things seamlessly.
But I can’t finish editing this if I never work on it.
So. After a few days of mostly not editing and almost binge-watching Royal Pains on Netflix, I had an idea. If Riley’s POV/arc needs to be coherent and I need to be able to see how she is progressing, I should isolate her POV.
I copied all the sections of her POV into a separate Word Doc. If a scene hadn’t been written yet, I made myself a note of what was supposed to be in that scene.
This step only got me part way, though.
Last night, I was looking at the first of the scenes of Riley’s POV and felt like I should fix it.
It wasn’t perfect, but I’m not actually at micro-editing yet. The scene was fine.
But it didn’t feel right. Just tweaking Isabella’s POV to fit Riley wasn’t going to work. Which is part of the reason I isolated Riley’s POV in the first place.
I opened another new document. I picked a cute font for Riley. And I started rewriting the scene in her POV.
I don’t know how it feels to you, but to me, Riley’s POV feels more organic now. I’m happy and Lydia is happy, too (for now).
So! Tell me about your writings! What have you been working on? How’s it going? Also! If you did the New Year’s Short Story Challenge, please get me the link to your story, if you haven’t already. I’ll be rounding all the links up and posting them at the end of the week! If you know someone who participated and you don’t see their link, tell them to get their link to me, please.