Hello everyone and welcome back to write about it Wednesday. I am doing a series on the many hats Writers wear. The first week was getting the idea down. Last week we talked about research.This week is finding loopholes and getting a good first draft ready. So let’s get on that detective hat and get busy.
After you have the story written you have to go over it looking for loop-holes, time-line, is the plot good, is the viewpoint consistent and several other things. It is best to have fresh eyes to look the draft over. I like having a critique partner or two. I have a couple that we swap chapter for chapter. Actually Georgie likes it sent on the weekend so I send what I have for the week to her on Friday and she sends me hers then we go over them and send back. She is amazing at catching my switching views and tense…my biggest issues.
After fixing that draft, I usually see a few things I want to add or remove as I go. Next comes an Alpha reader. Don’t confuse that with a Beta reader we will get to that in a couple weeks.
Alpha means beginning or first. So a good Alpha reader comes before the editing. I find this useful. Find one that will put on that detective hat and dig deep. Beware here when it comes back. You may get your feelings hurt.
This will be where you find out if you have any big plot holes or timeline issues. How smoothly the story reads, if it’s confusing. I have one that is great. She really saved me some heartache by being honest and telling me I needed to add in Sebastian’s POV or remove one chapter since it wasn’t consistent. in Dark Magick. I had one chapter with his view then all was Fallon. She and my Editor both agreed that I should add more Sebastian. It also added more words as well.I think having her tear it apart really made for a better story. You can see for yourself later this year.
You don’t have to go in this order you could do the Alpha first then the critique. There is no wrong way. These are just the steps I have found that really work for me through trial and error to produce a more professional book with less errors and hopefully will not get slammed too badly in reviews for editing grammar, proofreading etc.
Now it’s time to read it over make the corrections or rewrite and now we can put on that editor hat. WAIT A MINUTE aren’t you supposed to hire an editor? Yes, but see why you need this hat next week.
Do you use critique partners or Alpha readers? If so where do you find them? If you are interested in critiquing or Alpha reading send me an email you can find he Addy in contact page.