Today marks the beginning of an important step in the work on my novel. I have gotten to a place where all the writing I have that is being used in the manuscript is in order. The chapters are laid out. Now, I am embarking on a final round of intense edits.
I have decided to give myself one week to work on five chapters. This way, I should get through the entire manuscript in two months. July 15th, here I come!
As I go through each chapter, I will perform basic grammatical edits. On a sentence level, I will work on pairing down, in an attempt to make my language as concise as possible.
I will perform additional research which is needed to fill in details. On the top of my search list are: Los Angeles, professional women’s boxing, district attorneys, Naples and the Neapolitan Mafia. Feel free to fill in the blanks.
I would like to purchase a tape recorder, so that I can read each chapter out loud and listen back to it. Listening to the words, instead of just reading them, is essential in developing a natural rhythm and cadence.
Today is a starting point. The idea is to put in four hours a day. It’s about to get very real.
Any tips from writers out there on their favorite editing practices?
Suggestions, personal practices and advice are always welcomed and encouraged.