You may think, once you’ve crafted your masterpiece of fiction, that the job is done. No. Now it is time to edit. Editing is an opportunity to improve your writing and express your idea as clear as possible. It should be enjoyed and cherished as much as the writing process itself. (There is no irony in that last sentence. No none at all. 🙂 )
There are some things you can specifically look for. If you keep these in mind as you edit, you’ll be well on the way to improving what you have written. At this point, you can correct any spelling or grammar that you notice, but that isn’t the primary focus of a first edit.
- Are there plot lines that go nowhere?
- Are any of the characters in the story pointless?
- Is there superfluous information?
- Is there a consistent voice and vocabulary level throughout?
- Do characters have unique voices and vocabulary levels?
- Does the pace of the story/novel work? Slow pace is fine if it is relevant
And two final points that are vital to all editing; fiction or not
- Leave your writing, your draft, for a while before editing
- Is there a point being made and is it clear?