When I put together a set of handouts for a self-editing class I gave at the Northern Colorado Writers Studio last summer, I had no idea how useful that handout would be over time. First of all, I follow the process when I work on my own novels. Secondly, I turned the handout into a series of blog posts for The Blood-Red Pencil so others could see what I've learned from my excellent editor, Denise Dietz of Tekno Books (the company that acquires manuscripts for Five Star).
I've been wanting to put the links to the various posts in one place, so I plan to add the series to my blog's sidebar and my website. Here are the posts for Self-Editing One Step at a Time:
1. Charting the Novel Story Arc
2. How to Identify Dragging Narrative
3. Identifying and Eliminating Your Habit Words
4. Searching for More Silly Stuff
5. Weeding Out Unnecessary Adjectives and Adverbs
6. Cleaning Up Those Dialogue Tags
7. Analyzing Sentences for Redundancy and Wordiness
8. Fine-Tuning Sentence Structure
9. Read Your Manuscript Aloud
10. One Final Self-Editing Chore
There are quite a few posts about the self-editing process and many of these individual writing challenges at The Blood-Red Pencil. There is also a search feature at that blog, so entering a term such as "self-editing" or "adjectives" will help you isolate the posts that might help you the most.
I'm incorporating steps one and two into the revision phase of my novel. Once I have that completed, I'll be working my way through steps three through ten.
I know some of you are also working on revisions and self-editing. Is it going well?