Welcome to this week’s Writing Tip Wednesday. Today I want to look at the editing part of writing a novel. I recently followed the blog ‘Writing Novels in Australia’ and I’ve found the posts so far to be really informative. Last week I read a great post I’d thought I’d share with you. It is called ‘Knowing A Good Novel Manuscript From A Bad One, by Phillipa Fioretti’
You can check it out here : http://writingnovelsinaustralia.com/2013/02/28/knowing-a-good-novel-manuscript-from-a-bad-one-by-phillipa-fioretti/
If you are just starting a novel or well into it, this post is really helpful and worth the look. Phillipa talks about being as scrupulous as you can when editing, and the importance of deleting when your working. She says to be ruthless and cut, cut and cut again. She says, to have a chance of getting through the publishing eye of the needle you have to pay attention, be rigorous in all matters structural while making it look elegant and natural, and learn to love your delete button. Most importantly you have to imagine a reader with a thousand other claims on their time, and set about structuring an intriguing story that will keep them where you want them – in bed with your book turning pages, eyes wide, biscuit halfway to their mouth and, in their mind, a fervent wish that the book will never end.
Editing is so important, publishers want your manuscript as polished as it can be. You need to edit, edit and then edit again. Edit till you can’t edit no more. Watch your adverbs, and the doubling up of words in a paragraph, and read your work out loud so you can hear if it sounds jilted or not. You may need to shuffle around chapters or cut the beginning and start a little further in. You need to do what you have to do to make your manuscript the best it can be, and sometimes that means deleting parts you love.
I find writing a manuscript involves a lot of Maths – you will find yourself adding and subtracting the whole way through, and hopefully in the end you have come up with the perfect equation.
Happy editing 🙂
And I’d love to hear how your editing is going, so drop me a comment.