Today, I’m going to talk to you about editing. I know I’ve at least touched on this before, but I’m wanting to go over it in more detail.
We’ve all had that moment where we just wanted to rip apart our first draft as we were writing it, right? I know I have. In fact, I had that moment just now. I was re-reading a section in my first draft and I couldn’t figure out why someone said what they did. All I could do was throw up my hands and say, “Goddammit, why would you say such a thing?” Then it didn’t help that everyone else in that part jumped to conclusions and went along with the whole scene.
You basically fight your characters throughout the entire first draft. Probably while editing too. I’ve been fighting my characters pretty much on a daily basis lately. It can make for a pretty rough first draft. That’s why editing is involved in the whole writing process. Here’s a tip for you, though: Don’t edit until you finish your first draft. You never know what will happen later on, and if something is explained later on, you don’t want it explained too early. I know some people edit as they go, and if that works, great. I prefer to not edit until after it’s done, so that’s what I tell everyone to do. Wait. It saves you a whole lot of trouble later on down the road.
Editors, what do you think? Should we wait, or should we edit our first draft after it’s finished? Or should we send our first draft over to you? Let me know.
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As always, keep the faith, writers. I believe in you all.