Hello, everyone! It’s great to be here on Braden’s blog. I’m so excited to have a chance to talk with you guys!
Today I’ve been asked to share some tips and advice on editing. (Yes, we’re talking about that nightmare second-draft. Hang in there.) If you’ve just finished the first draft of your novel, you’re probably feeling pretty awesome—and rightly so. You deserve to feel awesome. After all, you’ve accomplished something great. Congrats!
But then comes (dun-dun-dun)—the editing.
I love my beta readers. Lately I was trying to think up ways of making their job a little easier. It’s always good to have a few questions prepared to ask when your beta readers finish reading your novel, so I sat down and brainstormed two lists of questions—five for my readers to fill out when they’ve reached the halfway point of my novel, and five more for when they’ve reached the end.
Plot holes. I think it’s safe to say that nobody likes them.
Here you are, rocking along in your first draft, about to break thirty-thousand words and feeling pretty good about yourself. And then blunt realization smacks you across the face, and you stop, hand fluttering to your mouth in dismay as you realize that a large part of what you just wrote doesn’t make sense.
Whether or not you edit as you go really isn’t the bazillion-dollar question. The real questions you should be asking yourself are “What’s the 50-page edit?” and “Why am I not taking advantage of it?”