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This Week's Topic is:
For many, December is a post-NaNoWriMo revision haze! How do you approach editing/revising? Any tips or tricks or resources you can share?
I'm not diving into revisions straight away. In preparation I'm writing up all notes I made during NaNo to write more detailed character and plot notes as well as adding in histories and popular culture I mentioned in that world. That's all being written up neat and into a folder.
I'll edit the way I began to edit for Beast Inside. I go through each chapter separately for that day and make notes. Things to add, cut out, grammar or spelling mistakes etc. Then I'd write that chapter up again by hand with the edits. It was a nice, organised process for me that I'll continue. Although this time I may just type the edits up straight onto the computer. My hand is so not used to writing tons anymore.
I did also like to write up a summary of the new chapter, making notes of what I wanted to see happen. Not just in events but things like any character development or relationship changes. For example, I'll make a note of how I want to convey Scott feeling in the chapter after seeing more ghosts or how badly Chelsea is affected by almost getting attacked by one.
I have been interested in trying out Scrivener for editing. It seems like it organises things really well which definitely sounds like my kind of thing. Does anyone use it or have tried it? :)