My first edit was to focus on grammar and spelling. For me, this was a quick edit.
The second edit I focused on dialogue.
The third focused on ensuring my characters stayed, well, in character.
The fourth was making sure I was showing not telling and maintaining flow.
The fifth for me is the hardest. This edit I am focusing on, “does this move the story along or is it filler?” At 140,000 words, I have no room for filler. By standards this means I have about 50,000 words of filler. I will be honest; I don’t think I will be able to cut that much.
So, as important as it is to do your edits so you can submit a polished manuscript, it is time consuming. And at times, heartbreaking!
I want to write, to be published and to share my imagination. Most importantly, I want to do it well and to be memorable. So although my New Year’s resolution was to write every day, this counts towards that…doesn't it? Editing a manuscript is an important part of writing.