So, I finished the latest WIP and I’ve started the second draft. Despite my best effort to do a decent outline ahead of time, the story took a twist or two for the better during the first draft. To keep momentum and to keep from endlessly editing as I went and never finishing until Christmas, I kept going. I was very pleased when I wrote the last sentence.
Hooray! Just finishing a first draft is a major accomplishment for writers.
Now, I’m going back through the entire MS looking for primarily two things: events and timelines. That’s pretty much it, although if something is glaring, I’ll fix it. Otherwise, I make notes as I go and keep going. I’ll work on items in the notes on the third round.
How do you edit? As you write the first draft? Methodically go through every issue chapter by chapter, refusing to move on to the next until each chapter is pristine? Make a list and handle only so many issues per draft?
There’s no right or wrong way, and each book might call for a different method. The way I’m editing this book is different than how I edited each draft of my last book. So, chime in and tell us how you do it.