National Novel Editing Month update, week 2

Total time logged so far: 23 hours, 38 minutes

I guess EdMo is still going fairly well for me, though I’d hoped to be already past the halfway point, especially as I probably won’t be able to do much catchup this coming weekend, as I’m going to the Wizard World Toronto Comic Con Convention! But still, I’ll figure out some way I’m sure.

Being able to go back and forth between several different projects helps to keep my energy levels up for editing, I’ve noticed. Over the past seven days, I have:

  1. Finished reading ‘The Chosen’ Novel manuscript.
  2. Put together my overall critique comments ‘The Chosen’ to accompany the inline notes I made as I was reading.
  3. Also wrote some overall thoughts for a fanfic that I finished reading through in February, “A Kiss to build a dream on.”
  4. Completed a short story critique for critters, and read through another critters entry making notes as I went.
  5. Spell-checked and proofread 6 chapters of my Nanowrimo 2010 manuscript, ‘The Angel’s Charlie’.
  6. Made a few more tweaks and revisions to ‘The Landing’ in preparation to submit it for Odyssey.
  7. Went through a critique of ‘The Long Way Home,’ made most of the minor changes, and started thinking about the issues raised that would take more serious reworking.

The thought of making more serious changes to ‘Long Way Home’ is somewhat daunting – this critique has brought up several items that I think could really make the book better, including:

  • Revising certain scenes to make sure that the characters all have unique voices and the dialog flows with style.
  • Changing the way I handle some of the flashbacks – the reader thought that the way I was always going into flashback when my MC was knocked out or went to sleep was confusing.
  • Raising the dramatic stakes by torturing my main characters a little and having them go through more hardships, because the current storyline actually has a lot of breaks going their way from the start.

I do want to tackle some of this before March is over, so maybe I should be careful to not spend all of my time on the more minor revisions and critiquing other people’s work.

I know that there are a few of you crusaders out there editing – any updates from your part of the world?


3 Responses to National Novel Editing Month update, week 2

  1. Trisha says:

    I’ve only logged 22 hrs and 10 mins. Argh!


  2. alberta ross says:

    hi there fellow NaNoEdMo- quietly editing here have managed to put in 27 hours so far which has put me just over the half way mark.

    Am only working on one story a moment the third in a series. It is a more complicated structure than the previous two.

    So have done intial spell check on machine for the approx 50,000 useable stuff – now its printed and I have been cutting and pasting in real life – trying to get the different elements to gel better and now red pen at ready (I bought a new red pen for the event!!!) I am trawling through trying to catch echoes and ‘wrong’ bits before I dare send it to my ‘bestest’ friend of forever who does my final editing

    you seem to be okay – and I guess as with everything the count is not what matters but the quality of what you do – these challenges not set in stone – but as a spur I find them great – and thanks for alerting me to this one. good luck with rest of the month


  3. It sounds as if you have made some progress and you still have time left to get more done. Stay positive. 🙂


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