The Writing Process: Second draft/editing

The next step in the writing process is to write it again. Yep, once you’ve finished the first draft, you have to move on to the second draft, because your first draft will most likely be terrible, and as I’ve said in another post, that’s a beautiful thing. My first drafts are terribly written, but once I move into the second draft, I step up my game in the quality of the writing.

Second drafts are where you improve the story you have, and is essentially a better version of the first draft, quality of writing and story included. But that doesn’t mean you should stop with a second draft, you could write three, or four drafts if you think the story needs it.

Once you’re happy with the story, it’s then time to move on to the editing stages.

I’m a bit of an obsessive editor. I just can’t help myself. And there’s good reason to love the editing process as well: It’s fun! Editing comes in two stages: editing for content, and editing for quality and voice.

Editing for content means editing the story itself, and it doesn’t have to be full chapters and scenes either. When editing Β for content you need to make sure it’s as tight as can be. For example, if there’s a scene in your story where your characters do nothing to move the story along, then cut it. If a scene feels like dead weight, cut it. You have to be brutal in this stage, cutting everything that doesn’t move, or help the story and plot. Even if you love the scene, cut it if it doesn’t advance the plot. It will make your novel tighter and will improve it a hundred fold.

Editing for quality and voice means editing the text until it’s as tight and flowing as it can possibly be. If there are words that can be changed or removed, do it. In the end you must listen to your sentences, speaking them aloud is a great way to know if your sentence “has it” or if it feels a little lumpy. My first drafts are essentially one big lump! Anyway, edit, edit, edit, and edit some more for the road. I edited the Restoring at least around six or eight times before I even considered sending it to my readers, and after the tenth time, I did! And even then, there will probably be a few mistakes. No manuscript is perfect, which is why you need help from professional editors and friends who will give you good, critical feedback. Publishers expect perfection, give them any less, and you’ll probably be rejected.

To all who’ve read and are reading my novel, I say thank you for your instructive advice. I’m constantly improving myself each time I sit down to write, and having other readers advice gives me a good foundation to build upon. If you haven’t read it, my Beta reader post is still up for anyone wanting to help. Just send me an email or comment, and I’ll send it to you.

For now, this is the last of the writing process series, but since writing is a major part of my life, it won’t be abandoned. And once I step into the publishing world, I’ll be taking you with me! But for now, I’ll be moving onto other things, such as music, Christian teaching, and more reviews of both books and music.

Thanks for reading guys, I hope this has inspired you to write your own novel. God Bless.

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9 thoughts on “The Writing Process: Second draft/editing

  1. That’s good Lucas, very honest. Nice, oh and another thing, I have practiced and practiced on our song and came up with a title, I have decided to call it ” Your love for me”, what do you think, and I have finished it too, get this, it is 6:24.6 long of a song (haha). Tell me what you think mate. And good job on the post. God bless.

    1. Hey godchangeslifes. I can’t wait to hear our song, awesome! As for the conviction post, after I wrote it, I just wasn’t really happy with it, plus I’ve talked about metal and horror before, so I found it a bit unnecessary. So I deleted it πŸ™‚ I was struggling to come up with another idea, so I took the easy way and wrote about something I already know. There are other reasons as well. I didn’t want people to think people who aren’t convicted by metal or horror to be out of God’s will, or fallen from grace. So after much thought, I decided to just delete it, and hence the new post on worship, which I love much more. Mom said it’s one of my best posts ever, the worship one. Anyway, if you did enjoy the conviction one, I’m sorry, but I don’t think I can get it back. Plus I’m getting a little tired of talking about music and fiction genres.
      God Bless, but you shouldn’t have commented. Why? Because now I have to wait three whole days to hear the song 😦 lol!

  2. Haha πŸ˜‚ sorry about that, I just couldn’t wait to tell you what I have done. But hey, it is in need of perfection still. So don’t worry about it being finalised just yet. Is the title good though. God bless.

  3. That’s good l. Thanks. And I have added some different types of sound to it. You know how we had Em (8 times), then the same with C and G in the pre_chorus, well I have decided to add D on to the end of it with bit of a twist to it. I think you will like it a lot, oh, and please don’t laugh at me when it sounds like rubbish πŸ˜› (haha) Thanks for letting me work on the song too. I will try not to let you down.
    πŸ˜€ God bless.

    1. Mate, I don’t think it sound like rubbish since you’re using a chord in the same key. The worst it will sound is it may be a little out of place, but I doubt it. And the song is actually yours, I’m just helping you along the way. You’re free to make any changes to the lyrics if you like, or you can add something to it πŸ™‚ So I’m more than glad you’re working on it. I’m excited to hear this little twist at the end. Twists are good, they give the song a little extra unique flavor.
      God Bless mate

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