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!
Yes, the title of this post is a quote from The Princess and the Frog. Which is a fabulous movie.
And the song about digging a little deeper has a line about knowing what you want but not what you need.
Which I’m not sure actually goes with this post, but eh.
In my last post, I borrowed a metaphor from Maggie Stiefvater. She described a finished novel as a butterfly cake and explained how her explanation of this metaphor made me realize how I didn’t know what I wanted my finished novel to look like when it was done.
Now I’m trying to figure out what I do want this story to look like when it’s done. But figuring that out and making note of it is not as easy as it sounds. I mean, I have a vague and rather blurry vision for this story. But it doesn’t necessarily help me to get edits done. I need something concrete that’s not just in my head. If it stays just in my head, I run the risk of forgetting it, which has happened twice with two different characters in this story.
So, here’s what I’m trying.
I’m going to do another read-through. And I am going to take it extremely slowly. As I read-through, I will be making thorough notes of macro and micro levels. I will also be writing down in a notebook things that need to be added, like foreshadowing or allusions.
And then, I’m going to read-through it again and make notes about where to add in the stuff that needs to be added. And I will be making index cards of scenes, like I did much earlier in editing but these will more detailed than last time.
AND THEN. THEN I will go through each scene and each note and work on that scene until all the notes are incorporated. I’m thinking about focusing on only part of the story at a time, like up to midpoint and then post-midpoint or maybe even smaller parts than that.
And then I should just need to do another read-through and a polishing draft/line-edits. And then I’ll be done.
After that, I begin the search for an agent or publisher. Which of course involves writing pitches and synopses. Which I should have the groundwork for that in all these scene cards I’ll be making, honestly…
So. That’s the plan.