Imagine this. You’ve written 150-300 pages of your novel. You’ve typed The End. You’ve poured your heart and soul into this work. It’s your baby. It’s everything.
And it’s time to send it to a professional editor.
So you package it up in a nice email or messaging system and send your baby off to the editor. That was the easy part.
Getting it back and reading the notes? That’s the hard part.
And actually getting to the editing?
Here’s what you can expect.
Getting back to basics.
You might need to re-introduce yourself to your characters, their motivations, and their goals. You might need to double check your world-building and make sure everything is cohesive. You might need to retrace your timeline and plot so everything fits and your book is that much tighter.
Or even adding some fresh new scenes! In order to flesh out your story and give it more depth, your editor might suggest you change things up or add stuff in. By fleshing out these scenes, you can provide more clarity to your reader or raise the stakes even higher so they won’t want to put your book down!
This urge to avoid the editing project may happen at the beginning when it’s too overwhelming to just start, or it might happen halfway through when you’re in the middle of the muck and struggling to work your way out.
Questioning your skill as an author.
This part is just great, isn’t it?? After being told by your editor that your book isn’t perfect, you might be questioning your abilities. Working through your edits (whether that’s revising, adding scenes, or making other major changes) may bring up some self-deprecation, too. But don’t listen to those feelings.
One last thing you can expect when you’re editing: jubilation at realizing these edits are in fact making your book better!! It’s a magical moment when you look back on your changes, that muck you worked through, your self-doubt, all those difficulties and realize that it was all worth it. Your book is even better than before!
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If you’re reading this in real time, I just finished editing my novel after receiving feedback from my editor. It was quite the journey filled with all the examples listed above. But I felt so proud of myself for finally making it through and am so excited that I’ve taken my feedback and turned it into a great novel!
You can get more info on my upcoming release here.
Have a great day and enjoy the journey.