I know just what this feels like, and am struggling to define my own approach, but it seems like Victoria Grefer knows what she’s talking about! Great editing advice for how to tackle the plot side of things…might have to consider this myself!
I’m in the middle of a first draft edit, so editing is definitely on my mind. Because of that, I got to thinking about content edits today, and all that is involved in editing a troubled draft. (Believe me, every first draft is troubled in its way.)
As I go through my novel, I realize that I’m skipping over some things in order to come back to them. And I think that’s okay. I think that’s the most sanity-stabilizing approach I could take right now.
You see, content edits are tough stuff. They are intricate and complex. One ripple could set off major waves in a different scene (or even scenes). And I can’t handle all of that all at once.
The good thing is, I don’t have to.
I realized, as I was trying to plan out this post, that you can break content edits down categorically. And you…
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