Monday, 23 November 2015

Lesson- 1 of Self Editing by Kirtida Gautam- BRING TIME GAP BETWEEN FINISHING THE FIRST DRAFT AND FIRST ROUND OF SELF EDITING



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.

Stereotype:
Emotional goes with HER
Rational goes with HIM
But are we not talking about the Yin-Yang series here?

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