Today I officially start working on the first round of self-editing on the second book of Yin Yang Series. Payal Desai , my brilliant Beta Reader is also helping me with the editing process.
Lesson- 1 of self editing
BRING TIME GAP BETWEEN FINISHING THE FIRST DRAFT AND FIRST ROUND OF SELF EDITING
Let the work sit down in your mind. I finished writing the first draft of the book 2 months back. Meanwhile, I received feedback from my Beta Readers and I let the work settle down in my head.
I had made this mistake with #IAm16ICanRape: The War AGAINST Rape Culture. I didn't give any time between finishing the work and SELF EDITING stage. As a result, I could not bring the required objectivity about the chunks I needed to SHIFT-DELETE.
I don't plan to repeat the mistake with Book 2. And therefore, I have let time lapse since my first draft got over.
There are 2 distinct advances of this process (especially when a writer writes the series)
1- The step out line of the third book is ready, so now I know more clearly then ever what are the parts I need in the second book and which parts are not needed in the story but more like my obsessive renting on page.
2- I am not as EMOTIONAL about the work any more and that helps me taking RATIONAL decisions.
A writer MUST be EMOTIONAL about his writing. An editor MUST be RATIONAL about her editing.
Emotional goes with HER
Rational goes with HIM
But are we not talking about the Yin-Yang series here?
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