Or “editing your own work months later.”
In October, I decided that if I was ever going to finish my magnum opus, my epic fantasy novel of *mumble* years work, I would have to finish the first draft. Just do it. Barf it up onto the keyboard, edit later.
So I did my own Nanowrimo.. nanoctwrimo?
I finished the last 40k in October, finishing on the 27th, so I could rest my noodle before starting the real nano. I have started looking at it for the first time since.
So… Last week I transferred it all back from a word doc to Scrivener, and separated it all into scenes, and read through it.
Some pure gold, some pure… not gold….
Um, what? Why is this secondary character in more scenes than the MC? I have 3 big reveals in the book, I did all of them at least twice. You wouldn’t think it wold be such a surprise the third time.
I have a character leaving the city, then doing a bunch of stuff IN the city. is she twins? Wait… that’s a good, no! No no no!
And one sentence where I changed tense FOUR times! Wait, what? Is that English? I have no idea what I was trying to say, so I deleted it. Watch it become an absolutely necessary plot point.
Editing is easier than the blank page, I told myself. Liar.
In Other news… I am a book reviewer. Cringe in fear my writerly friends!
More on that Thursday.