Editing at home: Day Two

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Day two of editing has officially ended for me. I almost quit a little earlier than last night, but it was raining tonight, so I decided to keep going. Today has been a really busy but productive day.

As of right now where I’m leaving off for the night I’m on chapter 19. Keep in mind, there’s 37 chapters in total. So I still have a lot to do, but I accomplished more today than I expected. Tomorrow it looks like I’m definitely going to need to work just as hard (if not more), and then Friday finish up and do one last final skim through. I don’t think I’ll have the time this weekend to edit more, so I really want Friday to be my final day, and then send it to my editor Friday night or sometime Saturday.

The editing I’m doing right now (and for the rest of the week) is the hardest part of editing. It’s the kind where at first you’re like “yes, I’m doing this!” and then that turns into “is this over yet?!” It’s frustrating and somewhat exciting all at once.

I’ve been working on a lot of rewriting of scenes and some paragraphs. It’s amazing how your betas can understand exactly what you wanted to say in a scene, even if you didn’t get there entirely the first time around. So I rewrote the beginning of one chapter to make it more emotional, and then for the rest of the day I’ve been reading through and working with character dialogue too.

If anything this process makes it interesting to see just how much my writing has changed over the years. Even over the (almost) year I’ve been working on this book. Clara and Claire has been through so many changes, but they’re all for the better. And this point I’m polishing up the plot and the characters to make sure this is as ready as it’ll ever be for my editor.

If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat I’ve been posting a lot of pictures and videos of my progress. Sometimes it’s just easier to get the point across in pictures than words. And it makes me feel more obligated to keep working when I’m sharing it with you guys.

I thought I was going to have more to say in this post, but it is late, and I think I’ll have more to share tomorrow. To be honest I almost skipped this post entirely, but I didn’t want to skip out on the opportunity to document the day (and share the experience with you, of course).

But if you’re a curious writer or reader, like me, here’s some of what I’ve been thinking while editing today:

  • how did my paragraphs end up being so long? (I don’t remember having this issue in the past… must be something new I’ve picked up)
  • lots of semi-colons… more than I remember (again, where did this come from?!)
  • the cats fight/play a lot when I edit…
  • *deletes whole sentence and writes up entirely new one*
  • *plays music quietly in the background to not lose sanity*
  • “I’ll save that for tomorrow.”

Thanks again if you’ve been stopping by for the updates, and if you’re a writer who’s also editing, feel free to copy my strategy and share the process on your blog. I love sharing this with you guys, so you know exactly what’s going into the book.

Until tomorrow…!

Lindsey Richardson

P.S. I think this is a new record: 2 posts all in one day (yeah it’s technically past midnight here, but shh…)!

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