I am beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel metaphorically speaking with my story, and I’m starting to ask myself once I’m finished, how do I go from rough first draft to finished story? Of course I am speaking of editing. I must admit however I am venturing into foreign territory; I haven’t the slightest idea how or even where to begin.
I have written my story in MS Word, and I know how to use the find and replace feature; but what I guess I asking is the nuts and bolts of reviewing a rough draft and begin to polish it to a finished story? Those of you who have gone through this experience, what was it like? How or where did you begin? What sort of tools did you use that were helpful?
The only person who has ever read any of my writing has been my wife. She is critical of my writing, but helpful in that she offers suggestions on how it would make the story more enjoyable for her to read or keep her interested. I have also read suggestions about reading my story out loud to myself as a way to hear the flow of the story and identify rough spots to improve. I see the validity in all of these.
So what do you use to edit your story? How or where do you begin the process? What tools do you use to help your story get from rough draft to finished project?
Until next time?