What I'm Reading: I am currently reading AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES, by the masterful John Green. If you have ever watched Mr. Green's vlog and thought to yourself, "THIS is the guy who wrote THE FAULT IN OUR STARS??? All heart wrenching and romantic??? This guy is a goof ball!"
Well, I'm not sure what happened there... but my point is AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES has had me laugh-snorting every other pages. Some of that John-Green-Quirkiness made it into the book this time, and I am loving it.
What I am Writing: My WIP (THE BOOTLEGGER's LETTERS) went from this:
But you will notice that I haven't worked on it today yet, so I hope I can add another 1K. I did have one afternoon where my three-year-old was having a birthday party so writing went out the window. So my goal for next week would be to add another 5K. That would be good... yeah I'll try that.
I did get a few chapters of my MG Sci-Fi edited. Some more. Again. I am hoping to have that thing ready to query sometime this year.
What Works for Me: I haven't actually tried this yet but I think I need to develop some sort of editing checklist, because my biggest problem with editing is that I don't really have a plan. I need to be able to check things off the list (like you can with drafting). Problem is, I don't really know what that list should have on it. Here's what I got so far:
1- Fix obvious mistakes (spelling, grammar, parts where I forgot people's names...)
2. Go back and check for "to be" verbs, was, were, ing
3. Check to make sure each scene is important and in the right order
4. Voice check- make sure each characters voice remains constant
5. Overused words- In scrivener you can go to Projects and then Text Statistics to see what words you use the most. This is an important tool!
What else should be on my editing list? Help a noob out!
What Else is Going On: My baby boy had his third birthday party at Legoland. It was epic.