editing my manuscript

When it came time to edit, I was genuinely looking forward to the process. I know most writers tend to dread and loathe this phase, but for me it’s taking the story I already love and reshaping it into a better version of itself.

Yay, fun times!

Because I edit as I go when writing my first draft, I made the assumption that once I sat down to do the full-draft edits, I’d have it easy. Somehow I had convinced myself that I’d be done in two weeks.

Oh how wrong I was.

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The book is all down in one glorious first draft and I’m really excited/passionate about it. Now it’s time to take this draft and turn my good story into a great story that’ll satisfy readers.

Here is an outline of the steps I’ll be taking to improve my book:

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May 5th, 2016 – First draft complete.

I started this book back in October of 2014! It has taken me me one year, seven months, and 106,342 words to get it all done. I think I’m still in shock that I’ve actually completed it. Writing this story has been quite the journey and there were times I wondered if  I’d ever finish it.

But I did. I fucking finished it!

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[artwork by Timo Grubing]

I always enjoyed fishing right before the sun came up, a tradition started years ago with my father. He’s been gone for two decades, but I still carry his old spear with me, despite having moved on to fishing rods. Something about the presence of that steel harpoon comforts me.

When I first saw her, I thought she was a fragment of my sleep deprived imagination. The sun had just started its ascent when the waters stilled. It was then she broke the surface, slow and silent. Large blue eyes stared at me with curious assessment and I blinked, unsure if what I was seeing was real. Before I could get a closer look she’d dipped back beneath the surface, vanishing from sight.

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For me, the first draft has been like a Rubik’s cube.

Maybe not the best comparison since I’m shit at solving a Rubik’s cube, but what I mean is there are all these faces to the puzzle that need to be shifted and lined up into solid colours.

Instead of six cube colours, the first draft has six elements: characters, plot, world, pacing, style, and genre.

Some of those I have figured completely figured out, others are a bit of a mess. However, the more I work on it, the more it all comes together. I’m so close to being done, the light at the end of the first draft tunnel is getting brighter.

My passion for this story continues to grow. I can’t wait to be done, and have each of my writing Rubik’s cube sides lined up.