Second Draft Editing Plan

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I've created an editing plan.

I took time this past week to create a plan of action for editing. It's about one full page of bullet points. Some of them are much bigger than others, but they have captured my second draft ideas. I've already begun working through them and completed a few early, essential items. Unlike writing the first draft, I'm not sure how to measure progress other than against the number of points on the editing plan. That should be sufficient, considering the point isn't measuring but instead getting it done.

I drew a map.

There are several locations within the story where their geographic relation to one another matters. To go back and look for inconsistencies, I've drawn a map. It took a bit of fiddling around to get everything out of my head and onto a drawing, but I think it captures the critical parts well. Drawing the map has already given me a few to-do items in some chapters to ensure that characters are traversing their world and thinking about how to travel it logically. This kind of thinking is so natural to us when we know the areas around us that I need to make sure it is just as natural for the characters in the story.

What's new since last week?

  • A brand new editing plan for the second draft
  • A short list of readers who will get the second draft version after it is completed