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    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Jesusfreak97, Sep 27, 2015.

    I am writing a series. I have 3 incomplete books and 1 complete book that DESPERATELY needs editing. They are in one word document and they total in 114 pages. I am a bit overwhelmed because this I still have a lot of writing to do and a lot of editing. What do I do?
     
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    Write.
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    Repeat.
     
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    Keep writing or quit writing.
     
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    Why are they all in one document together? I would think it'd be easier to put each book in its own document, and then when you work on them maybe it'll feel like a less-daunting task..? o_O
     
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    First copy and paste saving the document as draft 1.
    Maybe separate the book you've finished into separate word doc's according to chapters. That way you can examine them on a more micro level. Then read it through once and make some notes about what you feel is right with the story ( overall ) and what you feel is wrong ( overall ) - plotholes, fluky character arcs, scenes that don't ring right, strange dialogue.
    Next brainstorm a bit as how to fix them.
    Try and fix major things first.
    Go back and read it through.
    Correct SPaG issues when you can.
    If you feel it's improved - maybe it's time to let someone else read it and give you some advice.
     
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    I am in a somewhat similar situation with working on multiple books in a series simultaneously. I would cast another vote for splitting them into separate Word documents, I think that will visually separate them for you, which may help.

    Then, what I did (I know everyone's methods will be a little different :)) was to get out a big sheet of paper and just write out my entire story arc - like the whole thing from start to finish for the whole series. Once I had that I decided where each book in the series would start/end, then made a brief outline of the major events in every individual book.

    Since the first one is mostly done I would recommend printing it out (sorry, I'm an old-school tree-killer, I need to hold it in my hands!) and mark it up like crazy with a pen. That's how I've done all my first-round edits, I've found it's a little easier to wrap my head around it visually that way instead of scrolling endlessly through a dizzyingly long Word doc.

    Honestly once you have the big arc with the mini-arcs for each book figured out though you might find you're able to bounce back and forth between them a little easier, it's worked really well for me so far, at least and I am nearing the final stages of editing on the second one at this point.

    I hope this is helpful! Don't give up or get overwhelmed - you've got this on lock down!
     
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