Today, I have been sifting through several three-ring binders filled with various material for past and current novels. One in which I found a stack of printed pages to my published novel "The Fortune" (The second book in my "Captain Thorne of the SS Daring" series) including my first draft notes and scribblings.
So, I thought I would take a photo and share it here (and in so doing, let you know I'm still alive). This is mild, as far as edits goes, but basically, this is what a page of editing looks like:
The thing with stories, is that some scenes have multiple possibilities. They can go just one of many different ways, depending on how a character reacts or what they say, or even changes within the setting itself. (Who likes "choose your own adventure" stories? Aren't those fun!) Working through those scenes in longhand is often the easiest way to untangle the details.
Some places, as evidenced in the photo (right hand side) the edits are just notes talking out who the character is (in this case, Captain Thorne) because the original text didn't fit the character. In doing that, I was able to make the necessary corrections, even if I didn't have the answer right then.
Now, back to writing.