It's been quite a few months since I finished the first draft of Keeper's Conundrum and after all this time I have begun the second draft editing process. I've learned a few things since then and I wanted to share a few different snippets of articles that I've been hoarding (picture the crazy cat lady here with her three dozen cats) for the past few weeks.
Linked below is one of the articles, this one comes from the NaNoWriMo blog.
What's the underlying theme of this article?
Never stop writing.
Sure, you've managed to write ‘The End’, but the manuscript is far from being officially done. This is the first draft. And you’ll need to be prepared to spend a lot of time with that first draft. But before you do anything, put that first draft away. Seriously. The longer the better. While you’re letting that manuscript simmer, start on your next book.
"A new story awaits to be told. Remember, a great writer never stops writing."
A good piece of literature should be revised at least a few times. You shouldn't rush perfection. Sometimes revision requires entire scenes and chapters to be rewritten. The more fresh eyes on your work, the greater the chance someone will find something wrong with it. And I always say, “Better my editor and critique partners find the flaws in my story than a reader’. Editors are invaluable. Find the right one for you.
"Readers will know when a book hasn't been properly edited, and that can haunt you as an author for a very long time."
Taking your time is always good, because it means you’re paying attention to the fine details. But trust me, patience pays off in this game. Your new readers will thank you for it. And by the time you have your fully-polished manuscript, it’s time to publish! And then guess what? The cycle begins again.