Editing your Serial?

4 years ago | Tigellinus (Member)

Hey all,

Has been a while since I've commented. Just starting University has its stresses, so sorry for having been away so long!

Anyway, I managed to finish the first draft of my Serial/Novel. I'm wondering if you have any advice for going through it and editing it?

I'm currently using Holly's Revise Your Novel course, and loving it so far.

My issue is time now, however. I don't know how to edit effectively and quickly at the same time. So, I'm wondering if any of you have any advice for speedily editing your works?

Kind regards,


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  1. Rhythm (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Sorry to tell you this, Tigellinus, but from my experience, you just have to make peace with the fact that it is going to be a long and arduous process. If you have help, then maybe you can speed the process along, if you trust your other editors enough, but that's up to you. Fact of the matter is that editing means having to micromanage your work on a macro scale, so it takes a LOOOONG time.

  2. Rhodeworks (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Also, if you're going from serial -> novel you might need to make peace with an entire rewrite. You can't really edit effectively and quickly, particularly if you're transitioning to a whole other medium.

    Whenever I want to substantially edit a chapter, I rewrite it from scratch. I've found they come out much better. I already know that when NAH is complete, I'll be rewriting big parts of it.

    Lisle's advice is pretty solid, however.

  3. Dary (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Print it out and attack it with a bunch of marker pens. Then, once you've finished, do any necessary reploting and start a new draft. Repeat as necessary.

    Don't even think about editing until you've got the story sorted: no point wasting time fine-tuning paragraphs you'll only end up cutting at a later date!

  4. revfitz (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Yeah, this is gonna take time. Just try to do a chapter a day and tackle it one piece at a time.

    I have my computer read everything back to me so that I can hear any mistakes that I am otherwise blind to see. After that, I throw it in Grammarly.

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  5. LadyAnder (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I don't think there is a way to speed up the editing process. The process is always a slow one. I think the only way to make the process quicker is greater writing skills so you edit less. And that in of itself takes time. And generally speaking, a writer will spend more time editing than actually writing the story. I mean that writing part it easy. Its the editing that'll get you.

    My only advice is try to work on a chapter a day, printing it out as mentioned helps out a lot, and reading it aloud or having it read to you does as well.

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  6. smatthews65 (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    On the bright side, you will be able to look at your prior work with fresh eyes. A lot of the editing will be obvious as you look at it through a more objective lens.

    Unfortunately, it will still be a tedious task. I think once you get going, it won't seem as bad, however...if you enjoyed writing it the first time, you'll probably also enjoy sharpening it and making it ready for release.

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