Today I’m starting the edit of my first novel Body of Water, using James Scott Bell’s Revision and Self-Editing: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Finished Novel. I’ve had this book for a year now, and read it cover-to-cover. I think it’s a solid foundation to start the editing process so I’ll be posting about my progress here.
I wrote Body of Water in 2009, as part of National Novel Writing Month. It’s a paranormal romance set on the Orkney islands, and I’m looking forward to reacquainting myself with the characters and looking at the new story with a more critical mindset.
Of course, I’m expecting to be a little horrified as to how much dross I managed to produce in one month but I’m excited to taking the opprtunity to tease out the novel and put it back together.