Editing is key to getting the type of novel that leaves your reader turning to the last page and going, “WHY!? WHY DID IT HAVE TO END?”
My debut novel, Superheroes Wear Faded Denim, has gone through three years of writing, four drafts, numerous critique groups, and endless writing workshops.
The novel ended 452 pages and has been cut to 398.
Each draft evolved.
What began as a story about an artsy college student who wars against her BFF for the heart of a wealthy bachelor has grown to be a story about a socially awkward college student’s sleeping habits saving mankind.
Of course my story would have never been more than just another girl meets boy if it had not been for my mother reading my very first draft, and uttering, “it’s boring.”
Even though I was a romance writer trying to appeal to a mother who lives off James Patterson novels, I took the advice.
Editing might be key, but without good advice, editing is misguided.
I found critique groups and creative writing classes to be very useful in shaping my final drafts.
When I showed my mother the third draft, I was getting a thumbs up.
Still the third draft was not the final.
I took the advice of writer Kathryn Bain, author of Breathless, and utilized NaturalReader.
Anyone who wants to self-edit their book needs to invest in a product that will speak their words.
Combing through my pages with that product one last time really saved my manuscript.
- The power of the edit (yesterdaylucas.com)
- Write On- Mental Vomit or the first draft (susansheldonnolen.wordpress.com)