About 40% of the way through the first round of edits on Seeds. Still working on some small scenes I need to insert while I’m going through the rest of the manuscript to do nitpicky grammar bits and toss out unneeded words.
In a lot of ways, editing a rough draft is a bit like decluttering a house. It looks like it’ll take forever. So sometimes the best thing you can do is start from the front door and just go through the place, tossing everything that’s obviously junk. Get out all the extraneous words, straighten up “I meant to say X”, and….
Well, that’s the first round of edits. It doesn’t get out everything. But getting out what obviously isn’t useful gives you some mental room to breathe. Without that verbal clutter, the rest of the draft should read more easily, flow more smoothly – and that should make other problems pop out in the second draft, that before were just hidden in the rest of the mess. It’s hard to find “wait, where did that FBI agent go?” in the middle of “what exactly did you mean to say in this stumbling description of the man-eating tree fight?”
…Yes, there are man-eating trees. *EG*
(Church wants a chainsaw. So much.)