How do you Edit?
I’m in the process of turning this pile of scribbled-upon paper into a book. In other words, I’m editing the first draft of my work in progress. (Well, okay, I’m actually working with a Word document, but it started out with pen on paper).
As I work through each of the fifteen sections that may very well end up being chapters, I ask myself questions like these:
Is this logical?
Would it really take that long?
Could it possibly happen that fast?
Why this word/sentence/paragraph? What do they add to the story?
Why would he/she/they say/do/think/want that?
Does she know that yet? Why would she care?
The first whack at the first draft is really hard. And annoying. Here’s why: to create that first draft, the imagining part of my brain worked full blast, making up scenes and putting down words. That was hard enough.
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