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Beautiful Books: The Editing Process

Dec 8, 2015

It's that time again for another Beautiful Books link-up. If you want, you can read the first one I did here. Thank you to the hosts, Cait and Sky, for putting this together. The questions are always so perfect. Today I'm discussing my NaNo novel, A MAGICAL MISFORTUNE. Let's dive right in.

1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to ten (best), how did the book turn out? Did anything defy your expectations?

I'd say it's a 6 right now. There's still so much that needs to be fixed. I don't think anything defied my expectations. The ending of the book did surprise me, but not for a good reason.

2. Comparative title time: what published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (EX: Inkheart meets X-Men.)

I have no idea. Maybe Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets The Addams Family. There are witches, but in my story they're called sorceresses and they aren't nice (most of the time). I need to read more or watch more TV.

3. Do you enjoy working with deadlines and pressure (aka NaNoWriMo)? Or do you prefer to write-as-you're-inspired?

I think NaNo was a success for me because of the deadline. So yes! I do like working with deadlines, but I also love the idea of writing as I am inspired.

4. How do you go about editing? Give us some insight into your editing process.

My editing process: 
  • Note cards are the first step. While I'm drafting, I'll write down a line about each scene on a card, along with the date the scene takes place. It helps me keep track of what I've written.
  • After that I'll upload the story to my Kindle to reread. I usually like to make a cute cover so that it feels like I'm reading an actual book.
  • This time around I'll be trying out a new technique, rewriting scenes that don't work by hand. I'll do this until the story takes shape into the book I meant to write. 
  • At some point I will send it out to critique partners and beta readers.
5. What aspect of your story needs the most work?

My characters need to be fleshed out, as well as the setting. I have a feeling that the ending could be much better and my main character's motivation clearer.

6.  What aspect of your story did you love the most?

I loved writing the magic. My main character is a sorceress who uses her magic to cause mischief.

7. Give us a brief rundown on your main characters and how you think they turned out. Do you think they'll need changes in edits?

Cora Emerson (MC) - She doesn't quite know what she wants. She struggles between wanting to please her family and being her own true self. 

Beau Campbell (love interest) - Okay, I admit. I haven't quite figured him out. All I know is that he really likes Cora, but he's also a really good big brother. 

Eva Morris (the best friend) - I haven't figured her out either. She is a good friend but needs her own motivation. 

They'll definitely need a lot of changes in edits.

8. What are your plans for this novel once you finish editing? More edits? Finding beta readers? Querying? Self-publishing? Hiding it in a dark hole forever?

My plans are to edit until it sparkles, then after it's been with beta readers I'll start querying.

9. Share a favorite snippet. 

Please forgive my writing. It hasn't been cleaned up yet, but in this scene my MC and her sister are searching for a family friend they turned into a mouse.


10. What are your writing goals and plans for 2016?

My plans are to finish A MAGICAL MISFORTUNE by April and then get started on either of the ideas I have swirling around in my brain. One is a MG magical realism and the other is a YA set at a magical boarding school.
2 comments on "Beautiful Books: The Editing Process"
  1. Your story sounds interesting! I like your character pics. ^ ^ Your editing process sounds cool too! Best wishes with revising!

    I did Beautiful Books too!

    1. Hello, Victoria! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I'm glad you liked it.