Editing on the other hand? Sigh. That’s like a root canal with no Novocaine.
There are those of you who live to edit, but don’t check out yet. Maybe you spend forever editing one scene and struggle to let go of your manuscript at the end of the edits. The following strategy might work for you as well.
Today I woke up tired of editing and decided I needed to come up with a new strategy to make things go more quickly. Being a brainstorm nut, this was a fun way to start the day. I came up with an idea and test drove it. I LOVE IT! You might find it helpful, too.
RPI Editing Strategy:
*Write a list of all your scenes. Chapter and few word description. This will help you plan the amount of time necessary to do the first edit of your manuscript and be able to check things off as you go.
Chapter 1: Scene A: Couple meet at funeral Scene B: Couple argue at luncheon
*Determine the amount of time you should need to edit a scene. This may fluctuate a bit with each person. But don’t let yourself ruminate on one scene for too long. I recommend 30min. to 1 hour.
*Take the time per scene and multiply it times the number of scenes in your book. This gives you a look at how long it will actually take if you focus and work hard on your edits. It will give you a goal. So, if I see that my book has 80 scenes and it takes 30 min. per scene to edit that means it would take me 40 hours to do the scene edits on my book. (You may still have some overarching edits and line edits to do, but this is the scene edit component.)
*Set a goal for when you plan to be finished with your edits. If I have 40 hours of editing to do, then I can look at it and determine how long that might take with my schedule. Let’s say I can put in two hours a day. My edits could be done in 20 days of editing. Determine your current goals and push yourself just a bit when setting your goal for a challenge. It will give you experience for meeting deadlines.
*Then each day when you sit down to write, set the timer for each scene to the time you planned for each scene. Keep an eye on your progress. Over time you should get better at this process.
*Evaluate and celebrate. Along the way, evaluate your goals to see if they are realistic. If you need to adjust them, do so. Celebrate by checking off the scenes you have completed.
What strategies do you use to help you with editing?