So, I started looking over Lifelines seriously today, completely unsure of just how to tackle this editing thing. I’ve edited short stories before, but never a whole novel, so it’s time for another learning curve.
I think I’ve figured out how to begin though (well, obviously, because I have begun!) – first I’m reading through all the comments on it, making small changes and deleting the comments relating to them as I go. I’m also making a list of the bigger changes that need making, ones which impact throughout the novel rather than just in one scene, so that I can best decide how to tackle those.
Next, I’m going to finally split the thing into chapters! I always just write in scenes and this will be the first of my novels to find itself in chapters, hopefully it’s not too tricky to see where they should be.
Once that’s done, I can move on to… well, whatever comes next. Making those broader changes I guess, before finally tightening each scene and making sure everything is the best it can be (for now).
It’s a little scary. It sounds so simple in theory, but I’m sure it won’t be in practice.
Does anyone have handy hints they would like to offer?