My WIP’s Fourth Revision
Well…not so much.
What was I trying to do?
On June 12th I finished revising my WIP and thought I’d touch it up with a little editing and get ready for Beta readers.
I intended to touch up my WIP and get it ready for another round of Beta readers. Once I got through that wicket I would post the entire WIP on Scribophile for scene-by-scene critting.
For my tools I chose some things I’d found good success with, plus a couple of twists.
- I’d already applied most of the points from Browne’s Self Editing for Fiction Writers, but knew there was a lot more to it than that.
- At a friend’s recommendation, I started using the free version of ProWritingAid to catch things like passives, grammar and spelling, overuse of the 100 most common words, adverbs, and the like in other writing.
- I created a special list of words peculiar to each character with a grading scheme.
- Over 100 common adverbs do not use the -LY form of a verb.
- Filter words put dramatic distance between the reader and the MC.
- TO BE verbs, used carelessly, weaken stories.
- Beta readers commented that I had a lot of repetition in my WIP. When I asked for examples they gave me the unsatisfying it’s kind of everywhere. So, I added that to my to-do list.
As I dove into editing, I discovered two more tools that I added to my list, plus something else I stumbled into.
- With my style of writing, I’m pronoun heavy.
- I discovered the power of text-to-speech apps.
- By my method of revising in layers, hopping from scene to scene, my scenes lost cohesion.
How was I going to do it?
I decided to make two passes through my WIP, focusing on TO BEs, filters, and adverbs in the first pass. In the second pass I went after repetition, pronouns, text-to-speech, and whatever ProWritersAid came up with.
Next time I will start sharing my editing adventures…which are still ongoing.