Revising and editing are two entirely different things to me. In this post I will share with you what editing means to me and what I do during the editing stage. Below follow the way that I edit my fiction.
We are close to November and NaNoWriMo, which many of us writers feel excited, anticipated, and perhaps even a little nervous to participate in. Some may feel that the task of writing 50.000 words is a daunting project. Some might even feel scared because they might think they will spend NaNoWriMo staring at a blank screen. No worries, I am here to help give you tips on how to prepare for NaNoWriMo. In this post I will offer you, the fiction writer, some tips on how to prepare for NaNoWriMo. But first, a short introduction of NaNoWriMo.
When you create a story you usually begin with a general idea. Perhaps you have a certain character in mind, a specific setting (real or fictional), a conflict, a theme, etc. No matter what you start off with, that general idea needs to be developed. That’s where the pre-outline questions come in. Answering the pre-outline questions that follow will help you to establish what you want with your book, what you want your book to be, in some bigger strokes what kind of plot you want to have, what kind of characters you want to write about, etc. For those of you who write non-fiction, you will get to answer questions about your niche and develop ideas from that.