When I finish my first draft, the first thing I do (after a gin and tonic!) is to print it out and put it in a folder ready for my first self-edit.
I go through the book line by line and work on structure, as well as character, plot and setting. After that is sorted, I will look at word choice and dialogue. Essentially, self-editing is a huge part of the writing process.
In today's article, Keirsten Clark gives some tips for self-editing essentials.
Every story needs a solid foundation, from there you can build upwards, tweak, pivot and rearrange. Without a solid foundation walls can become unstable, floors can shift and subside and vital pieces of the structure can fall down into places they’re not supposed to. The same can apply to our writing.
A solid foundation is one of the first things our editors look for as soon as they open a manuscript.
This helps them determine how much work needs to be done and how much more attention and care the manuscript will need to make it solid.
This article covers the essential underpinning of your foundation and how to address any potential issues you may have with it.