Apply These 5 Steps to Make Editing Easier from the First Draft
Love your book come edit time
Most authors don't every want to see "their baby" again by the time it's published. They've read it, revised it, and rewritten parts it more times than they care to count. What if I told you the process could be a little easier?
Why not take a proactive approach? Here are 5 steps to make editing easier from the first draft:
1) Research before you write your book. This can be forensics, procedure, weapons--basically anything that pertains to your story.
2) Outline. Now if you're more of a panster you might balk at this, but at this point, I see value in at least setting out with a rough outline. If you don't want to do this from the start, as the story gets going, jot out future scenes. The benefit to this is logical progression. I have learned this lesson the hard way and it resulted in more intensive edits and rewrites.
3) Write when you're alert and sober. Writing is a business. Would you ever show up at the day job and have a drink?
4) Have a clear idea who your characters are before you begin. The interview process works well. You could also assign them a star sign to serve as a guideline for their makeup and temperament. (See article, A Secret to Writing Solid Characters)
5) Use a program like Scrivener. It allows you to make notes as you go along and add scenes. This way any clues or situations that should be fleshed out get accomplished at the right time in the plot.
CAROLYN ARNOLD is the author of several published novels, including her best-selling Madison Knight series. Her love for writing dates back to her teen years, but it was only in recent years that she was reunited with this love to pursue it with career passion.
CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.
Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.
She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.