MONDAY 14th OCTOBER 2013
As most of you know since January 2012, I have been working on my first 80,000 word chick-lit novel. After writing the first draft during the dark, depressing months that were January and February, I have been working on the editing ever since.
Firstly the manuscript (currently titled Little Miss Pooshoe) required editing from start to finish to tidy up any spelling mistakes, grammar errors and sentence structures. This is because a first draft is literally the words in your head being transferred straight to paper as quickly as possible before they have a chance to disappear out of there.
A second round of editing is then needed whereby the actual text and flow of the story is looked at in more detail. This is still work in progress. The first ten chapter’s have endured this process where I scrutinise it prior to submission to an editor. These ten chapter’s have now reached the third round, where they are pulled apart chapter by chapter, sentence by sentence, word by word.
I have been lucky enough to meet a lovely lady called Kerry Ann Richardson at work, who is on her own mission to write Crime Thriller Novel’s (she is currently well into writing her second novel – well done hun!) Kerry put me in touch with a wonderful lady called Jenny Drewery, who edited her first manuscript.
I made contact with Jenny back in March and emailed her my full manuscript so she could get an idea of the full story. I then nervously submitted hard copies of the first ten chapter’s in April and, after a busy summer of moving for me and a hectic summer workload for Jenny, the completed scripts landed on my doormat on 28th August.
I wanted to give my refurbished manuscript the love and attention it deserves and I felt I could only do this once I had my study set up. This was so I could shut the door on the world and be alone with it; just me, my thoughts and my manuscript.
Therefore, last Monday (7th October) it finally felt right. My study is two thirds ready and at a stage where I can work in relaxation. I could make no more excuses and I anxiously bit the bullet – and opened the edited manuscript.
I prepared myself for the worst and although the pages are full of red pen, all the amendments that Jenny has suggested have really all made sense. She has looked at it from a reader’s perspective and taken out all unnecessary wording and highlighted areas that could be misinterpreted. Needless to say I have had some genuine laugh out loud moments at sentences which really don’t make sense when you apply a bit of reader’s logic. One example involved a character and his goatee beard and how only he could pull it off. Jenny reminded me that if this was taken in the logistical context, it’s as if he is ‘pulling his beard off his face’. I whooped with hysterics for ages at that.
So the editing experience hasn’t been bad at all. I have met an amazing woman who has really helped pushed my manuscript to the next level.
Last Monday and Tuesday, I sat and transferred all the edits from paper to computer for the first three chapter’s. My intention is to do the same with the other seven chapter’s so all ten are polished to perfection before starting this whole process of editing again with the next ten chapter’s of the manuscript.
Slowly, my dream is becoming a reality. I love nothing more than sitting at my desk listening to my writing playlist (oh yeah, I made a playlist – more on that another time!) and typing away at a manuscript.
Good things certainly do come to those who wait 🙂
Have a fab day everyone.
Love Missuswolf xxx
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