Editing. For some this conjures up thoughts of pulling out hair, others rub their hands in anticipation as this is where the real work is done.
I have a tendancy to underwrite on my first draft, which can be a good thing, but there are times it leaves me quite frustated when trying to make a word count.(I'm still about 1700 words short of 50,000 for my surrent WIP). So, my editing usually isn't only about looking for the words I overuse, but also fleshing out the scenes with description and dialogue tags.
To give you an idea of my process, here is what I did this week with QUEST:
I read through from the beginning, keeping an eye out for typos and letter reversals (from/form- things like that) pulling out any unnecessary "that" (I never knew how much I used this word until a friend pointed it out) and my new favorite "then". (Seems I replaced that with then. Wonder what I've replaced then with!) I evaluated my words choices, replacing and reworking sections that read clunky. I added some description to a few scenes and adjusted my dialogue tags. There were a couple chapters that seemed to run long, so I merged them into other chapters as well as created two new chapters.
Then I sent it off to my lovely CP's for them to read through and point out what they find.
Now, I will take a few days away and next week I will read through it again with fresh eyes, trying to read as a reader, not an author (this never lasts long, as the author tends to want to pull out the red pen again!) I will look for repeat words and overuses again, check for too many pronouns in a sentence and reword these. By this time, I will be hearing back from my CP's (they send in chapter chunks as they get to it-- usually we exchange 3 chapters at a time, but this time it was the whole thing). I'll read their comments and look at the problems, making changes where they all had an issue. If only one has an issue, I think about it, making sure it isn't just an opinion before I make any changes.
Do you like editing as much as or more than drafting? What is your process like? Share below!