How do you edit a novel? You sit down and edit it.
How helpful am I?
- Have a plan. What’s your short-term and long-term goal? Edit a chapter tonight? Have your entire novel edited by next year? When will you edit? The morning, afternoon, night? How long each time? 20 minutes or 2 hours? What’s your focus? Dialogue, character development, spelling and grammar? At the very least, don’t plan to fail by failing to plan.
- Have a back-up plan. How often do original plans work out? Or back-up plans for that matter? What if another story seizes you and won’t let you go? Will you write a new story and edit your novel at the same time? What if you lose steam half-way through? Can you steam-roll trough or do you plan to take a break? What if a zombie apocalypse happened today? What if an army of aliens landed tomorrow? You have to prepare for these scenarios.
- Execute. Plans don’t work unless you do. Novels don’t edit themselves. What other common saying can I twist to my liking?
- Adjust and adapt. If something isn’t working for you, what do you do? You change it. Fix whatever is broken. Even if nothing is broken but you know your routine could be improved, improve it.
If only I followed my own advice.