I got my manuscript for Tied back from my editor on Friday. I took a quick flip through and it looks like I’ve got some work ahead of me. I expected nothing less.
I think I’ll attack it in two passes. First time through, I’ll concentrate on punctuation, grammar, vocabulary and other non-story related edits. During this first pass, I’ll also flag any pages which require story edits. For the second pass, I’ll concentrate on story issues, using the flags already inserted into the manuscript.
Since I’ve been out of this world for a while, the first pass will reintroduce me to my story and act as a review, so when I begin the story edits, I will be in a better position to stay within the story’s world.
I’m not sure if this is a usual thing with writers, but in my case, even though I’ve written this story, I can’t remember every little detail. Parts of the story continue to be vivid in my memory, while other parts fade.
I’ve been adjusting my morning routine, and can now manage an hour of writing before my daily morning routine kicks in. This is a better scenario than writing only on Saturday and Sunday mornings, which was how I completed my manuscript.
I wrote the first draft of this story on an iPad, with a USB keyboard. This was great because I could write anywhere. Now that everything has been pulled into Scrivener, I need to continue in Scrivener, which unfortunately does not exist in any capacity on the iPad. I’m tied to my office desktop computer, which I guess has its advantages, but I’ll miss the ability to write anywhere.
Are you listening, Scrivener folks? An iPad app would be nice*, even if a lot of its feature set was removed. As long as file compatibility was maintained, I’d be happy.
Enough procrastination. On with the edits!
* Scrivener for iOS exists now. Yahoo!