Next pass: Efficiency and effect

This time, I am going to break the scene in two, and go through the first half.  We will stop at the part where she slams the knife through her hand.  Next installment will cover everything afterwards.  For review, here are the other installments in the “How I Edit” series:

#1, #2, #3, #4, #5.

And off we go:

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First pass, or “Why should I care?”

So, digging right in with the editing now.  The first pass through the text is mostly easy to do.  I call it my “Why do I care about this?” pass.  My criteria is this:  Any information that is given needs to either:

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The rest of the questions…

Here are the rest of the checklist questions, along with their answers.  The text we are referencing is here.

The first half of the checklist is here.

Let’s jump right in, then.

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My lovely blog

A quick update to thank Stef for my “Lovely Blog Award”.  Yay, awards.  I made special page to show them off.

 

If I find anyone with a lovely blog that has not already been lovely blogged, then I will lovely blog them.  Until then, I will simply say:

 

Thank you, Stef!

 

–j–

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Step 1 – The first eight questions

Our sample scene is the opening scene in my story.  That will affect some of the answers, but for the most part, it should all still apply.  Let’s jump in:

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Editing…

This is what editing looks like in my world.  The first scene of Chapter 2 is latched to the clipboard, and you can see I intend to make an adjustement or two there.  :^P

Of course, you can’t edit without your handy Critique Circle printout.

Since I am living out of a hotel six hours from home, I hope to get a decent amount done this week.  Expect the answers to the question sheet I posted within the next couple days.

–j–

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How I Edit, Starting Point

I took a while to decide which draft to start from.  This one is not completely embarrassing, so I will start with this draft.  My plan is to show where I started from, then go through my question list and show how I edit the scene as I go.  Finally, I will post the current (and pretty close to final) draft of the scene.  This will take several posts to get through, so let’s get started.  Here is our troubled piece of writing we will be starting from:

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