So what are the beginning, middle and end of Editing? How do you complete THE SECOND DRAFT THAT ISN’T A DRAFT?
Well, I’ve spent the last six months or so at www.storygrid.com to explain what it is editors do. And the website is the basis of my upcoming book The Story Grid: What Good EditorsKnow, which is just about to go to the printer.
It would be terrific if you bought a copy, but you don’t have to. Everything you need to know about editing is free at www.storygrid.com. Really.
But to answer the above question simply:
The beginning of editing is creating a Story Grid Spreadsheet.
The middle of editing is creating a Foolscap Global Story Grid.
And the end of editing is putting together the Spreadsheet and the Foolscap Page into a complete Story Grid for your first draft.
Once you’ve finished Editing or THE SECOND DRAFT THAT ISN’T A DRAFT, you will have a clear understanding of what you’ll need to do in the drafts to come. You will not fear these drafts. Rather you will be re-energized to tackle the obvious problems in your first draft with vim and vigor.
You’ll have that confidence because you’ll know exactly what you’ll need to do to fix the problems and you’ll have a strategy to get that work done.
That is what THE SECOND DRAFT THAT IS NOT A DRAFT is all about.
What It Takes: The Second Draft (Is Not a Draft)