Editing: What Is Working and What Hasn’t Worked In The Past – Part Two

This is my editing plan for my already-written novels and novellas without any character development. If you want to read the background and resources that helped me come up with this plan, click here.

Editing Plan Version #1:

  1. The first draft is already written or started. Finish the draft if it has been started. Write it out in a word document with no chapter breaks or scene breaks.
  2. Read through the draft scene by scene. After reading a single scene summarize it in a certain color pen. Then, beneath the summary, in a separate color, write notes about what could be improved, expanded, rearranged, cut out, or added to the scene or book as a whole.
  3. Use your notes and summaries to develop your characters. What do they do and why do they do it? How do they change throughout the novel? What do they learn from the events that happen to them? Use the Meyers-Briggs personality types (photo below) to help decide what the character is and what they would do in every situation and change the plot accordingly. Also, use astrological signs if you would like (I don’t but if you wanted to it could be useful.)
  4. Rework the scenes in the novel to fit your characters and what they would do.
  5. Write or re-write the scenes in your novel based on the notes you took throughout this process.
  6. Repeat step 2.
  7. Repeat step 5.
  8. Read through your novel to focus on the macro-edits. Take notes on what could be improved or changed. Read the whole novel several times, focusing on one thing per time. Make the appropriate changes. Examples of macro-edits include:
    • Plot holes or inconsistencies
    • Character Personality or Development
    • Theme
    • Descriptions and imagery
    • Symbols
  9. Read through your novel several times, focusing on one element per time for micro-edits. Make the appropriate changes. Examples include:
    • Passive voice
    • Punctuation mistakes
    • Consistent verb tenses
    • Extraneous, unnecessary, redundant, or repetitive words
    • Adverbs
    • Typos
    • Other grammar mistakes
  10. Read through one last time to make sure you like everything and it is as perfect as you can make it.
  11. Send it to beta readers for feedback. Make the appropriate changes.
  12. Send to a professional editor. Make the appropriate changes.
  13. Publication stuff. Whether you are self-publishing or going the traditional route changes the items on this list. Both lists include:
    • Cover Design (Professional or Otherwise)
    • Buying Copyright
    • Back Blurbs
    • Arrange for Reviews
    • Determine the Launch Date
    • Formatting
    • Edit the Proof Copies
    • Send Query Letters to Agents
    • Start Marketing
  14. Publish

Meyers-Briggs Personality Types:



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