Originally Posted by enfpintj
I called it quits on the rough draft on Friday of my fiction work. I was sick and sick and tired. I knew any other changes could come in the edits, but now I'm afraid of the editing. How did you guys get through editing if you have already done so? How long did it take? Any recommendation on what to do , not to do? I want to be done in a month or so. I hope.
edit an entire novel in a month? in all honesty, and in my humblest of humble opinions, there ain't no way. You need to go through and through and through it, beginning to end, and more than once. More than 5 times. Ten times. Most editors say, "don't show me a thing until you've gone through it 20 times!".
Believe me, I was just like you way
back, thinking I could do it quick. But, as I've learned, there is no quick
with editing. If you do a whole book edit; then take a chapter a week, devour it and chop it up, polish and shine it to perfection; then go back through and do one more overall edit, you might
be able to do it in 3-4 months.
But I would not rush the editing phase. Writing your first draft, yes. I like the 'write a book in a month' way because all first drafts need editing, and because I know how long a good edit can take.
Don't dismay. This is where most writers quit, but not you. You're going to put it down for a few weeks, mull it over in your mind, and then dive into editing. And you're going to hate it. You're going to loath editing - for a while. Then, all of a sudden, you're going to see the light, see how all this editing is making your novel so darn good! And then you're not going to get enough of it. Heck, the only reason you wake up before the crack of dawn is because you get to edit in silence, and you'll love it. You'll LOVE editing!
And then you'll be done. And ready to take on your next novel.
Read This Year You Write Your Novel
by Walter Mosley. He talks about how much editing he does and why. Very quick read.
I know. I was not at all interested to even try to edit. Take a break, start fresh, and just do it. You'll be happy you did!