I’ve been working on the second phase of editing with my agent. After doing a structural edit, she sent me line edit notes which are page specific and cover areas to tweak and areas that work well. I was pretty nervous waiting for her notes in case I got the first edit completely wrong!
I think I’m still in the learning stage of how to edit – learning what works for and what doesn’t for me. For the structural edit, I printed my book out and used Post-it notes, highlighters and hand written notes to make the changes needed. This time, I’m working through on my laptop making changes from start to finish although I jumped ahead a few times when inspiration struck.
What I’m enjoying about editing is that I haven’t been asked to make any changes that I don’t feel make the story better. It’s like I’m editing the story to become what I always wanted it to be. It really feels like it’s coming together and taking shape, becoming dare I say it a real novel. This is both exciting and terrifying as I’m getting closer to sending it out to publishers and we all know what a nervous wreck I’ll be when that time comes 🙂
When I read my edit notes, I under why I didn’t spot the things that need improving for myself, they make so much sense they seem obvious but I console myself with the thought that every writer has an editor and it’s hard to really see your writing clearly yourself. Hopefully as I write and edit more, I’ll be able to do more of it for myself but for now, I’m just grateful I have my agent there to help me make this book the best it can be.
What are your editing processes?