I'm more than halfway through the manuscript; I hope to be completed with the editing by the end of the month, if not sooner. I hope sooner so I can begin on the third rewrite. As I've mentioned in previous writing posts, I generally go through nine or ten rewrites before submitting it to my publisher. And from there, it goes through another editing phase with an editor before it's ready to see daylight.
As previously noted, this manuscript is from last November's National Novel Writing Month. I continued writing into December because I could see this is developing into a serial. We'll see. And then I sat on it for four months so I could review it with fresh eyes.
Here are some things I discovered after going back to it on April 1:
- A few typos
- Dropped words
- Wrong words
- Fix continuity/flow problems
- More description needed in some places, less in others
- Improve dialogue
- Naming/renaming characters
- Additional research