When editing feels like starting from scratch…

Sometimes, the hardest parts to edit are the ones you rushed through in the writing. The ones where you just weren’t feeling it, but wrote anyway, knowing it was bad. I’ve hit a section like that, and it’s just grueling to go over, because so many changes are needed. It’s like starting from scratch on some level. The one nice thing is when you’re doing an edit of the first draft, the end of the story has already been written, so you have a better sense of what to cut and what changes will make this yucky scene fit better into your overall picture.

Do you have any tips for editing sections that need major overhauls?

p.s. And just for clarity’s sake, I am working on editing a sequel to Life First. The only Life First edits left are proofing for typos.

About RJ Crayton

RJ Crayton is a former journalist who now writes fiction. She's reported for the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, as well as the smaller publications Education Technology News and Campus Crime. She has two published novels, Life First and Second Life and blogs for Indies Unlimited and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. For exclusive content and first looks at her new work, sign up for the newsletter at http://rjcrayton.com/subscribe.
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