I know-I’ve been away for a while and you’ve been wondering what the hell is going on, right? Here’s the low-down…
Finally got completely through the manuscript last week. Much yellow highlighting was was done, which as I’ve mentioned is very, very good! HOWEVER, there were a few areas that needed beefing up, so it is all the more important that these “possible deleted pages” (the highlighted ones) do, in fact, get the axe. I feel fairly confident that this will, indeed, happen.
Now onto the next read-through, which I started a few days ago. I am 91 pages in (the manuscript stands at 436 now, single-spaced). In this stage, I am taking note of what “Microsoft Word” has “green underlined” (“wordiness”, “fragment sentence”, “passive voice”, etc) and deciding whether to correct or ignore its suggestions. Many authors say that you should uncheck the proofing tools, but I like to check them all and then decide what is valid to my writing style and what is something I should consider changing. It is daunting to see your manuscript covered in green and red lines (red designates misspelled words), but I’ve learned to take the suggestions in stride. My writing style is more important to me than technical aspects of writing, many of which readers either don’t care about or don’t know to look for anyway. As long as it makes sense, is grammatically correct and the spelling is correct, I believe that the writer has much leeway in how to share the story. That, after all, is part of your voice as the storyteller.
So after I complete this read-through, I will have a friend read it through and take note of the highlighted portions. I will need a reader (other than myself) to decide whether something is fluff and can be tossed on the cutting room floor or is actually important for the reader to know.
Wish me luck!