This week I’ve started the first round of edits for my manuscript since finding my agent. It’s been a few months since I started submitting the MS so it’s been a while since I’ve read it. Armed with my agents notes, I’ve been pulling it apart and putting it back together again. It’s a strange process – sometimes I’m struck with how good a sentence or paragraph is (I wrote this?!), others I’m embarrassed by my writing (I missed that mistake?!). It’s like a love / hate affair.
What I can tell though is that the MS is improving with each change I make, I can feel the difference already, which is exciting. Goes to show how important feedback on your work is – most of the time, I’m thinking how could I not see this is what it needed? I won’t pretend I love editing, I get most excited when I’m writing a first draft but good writing is rewriting so I’m sucking it up and delving into it.
My process has been to print the whole thing out and make notes, stick post-its and highlight things that need changing. It’s a bit old school but as I’m making structural changes, it helps to have it in front of me so I can flick forward or back and make sure it’s all joining up. And I’m now back at the laptop to type it all up. Some writers joke about heading into the editorial cave and I understand that feeling – you really have to put your head down and focus. It’s a bit like revising for exams!
On that note, I shall retreat back into my editing cave and hope that on the other side my MS will be exactly what it needs to be.