Welcome to another installment of the scribe tribe’s #TipTuesday!
Last week, we talked about the 2nd draft. Click here to view that post.
This week, we are talking about the 3rd draft!
Before we dive into this, I wanted to note something important. When I talk about the drafts in numbers, this doesn’t mean that you can’t take more than one round to cover what I talk about doing in one round. In other words, the process I go through for the second draft, sometimes takes me two or three rounds to move onto the next stage of editing.
When I’m done adding the substance to the dreadful rough draft, it’s now time for me to begin editing my book, scene by scene.
This part is pretty self explanatory.
I start with the first scene and read it thoroughly. I ask myself if the scene is boring, necessary, etc. I spend this time focusing on the scene, spicing it up, adding important details that I may have missed.
Sometimes this leads to me scrapping a scene if I feel it it’s boring or doesn’t drive the plot forward.
Once I have edited the entire scene, I read through the scene a couple more times, making sure it’s perfect.
I do this with each scene, until I make it through the entire book.
When you focus on the book, scene by scene, it helps to organize your editing in such a way that is more effective. It forces you not to rush through the editing/revising, but to instead edit with strategy.
After I have done this, sometimes, I need another round of this type of revising. This is usually a good idea, if you aren’t strapped for time, because it ensures that no scene has been abandoned or neglected.
Stay tuned for next week, when you learn how I go beyond scene-by-scene editing, and move onto line editing.
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