The Edit Monster

   Posted by: Faith   in Creating Coldcuts

I’m at that point in How to Revise Your Novel where we sit down with the manuscript and, tools at hand and preparation done, actually cut our manuscript. This is the one-pass revision where I take my novel from the place it is to the place I want it to be.

And that’s a terrifying concept. What if I get it wrong? What if all this lead-up just means failure? What if I make the wrong changes?

Then I think… they’re just words. I’m not physically deleting or throwing anything out, and once I do the type-in I’ll save everything in a new document.

I have my snacks, drinks, blank pages, pens, scissors & tape, worksheets from several months of analysis and prep work. Now all I need is to get over the hurdle of *doing* the revision.

A few weeks from now, I hope to have a fully revised copy of my NaNoWriMo novel from 2007.

Then I’ll do the query, synopsis, etc., and send them out the door. I don’t have high hopes for this one, since I think the market for it is in a very low point, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up on it — instead, I’ll think of this revision/query process as a “practice” run.

If I don’t get any bites on it and the market for it picks up in a few years, I’ll do a second pass.

So that’s the plan! Much easier said than done, that’s for darn sure. But learning to revise properly and figuring out where my own weak spots are has been worth every penny I paid for the course…

But here’s where it all comes together and we find out if I can practice what I’ve learned.

Revisions, Day One… go!


How do you approach the editing/revision process: do you do analysis/prep work first, or do you dive on in and just start cutting?

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3 comments so far


I’ve been revising for so many months now I don’t want to count them. I totally get what you’re going through!
and btw, the title of your blog is sweet. I love it!

May 27th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I just dive in and start chopping away. That’s what works best for me. Does that make me a panster with both writing and editing? LOL

May 27th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Thanks Lydia! And good luck on getting those revisions done…! Glad I’m not the only one struggling with it :D The blog title: my friend came up with it as a joke once, and it stuck! I’ve tried to run with it… hopefully getting a theme designed this summer that fits the title! LOL

Nicole: Yes, um… I think it does. Haha! But that’s not necessarily a bad thing if it works for you! I think everyone approaches revisions differently, we all seem to have our own “system” that gets refined over time and works for our brains… which is kinda fascinating, really. I wonder if anyone’s ever done a study on how different personality types approach editing…!

May 28th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

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