Humpty Dumpty has nothing on editing a manuscript.
It’s surprisingly difficult to keep the entire story in my head while weaving a new thread throughout. But when all is said and done, I feel like a painter, adding layers of paint – depth of colour and feeling – to my existing work. It’s rewarding stuff.
What I’m finding helpful is:
– Word’s “Find” function – I’m jumping around in the manuscript using key phrases to help me locate passages.
– a hard copy printout of my third draft, marked up with the consolidated edits from my critique group.
– a five page chapter by chapter point form summary, marked up with insertion points for new passages.
I’d be really interested in any tips and tricks you’ve found useful!