Editing Jade Moon Waning: Week 1

Happy Sunday Everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

This Saturday (OK, yesterday) I started the first editing pass on the current WIP: Jade Moon Waning.

After letting it sit for a month, I knew I was ready to begin edits, when the story would start to pop into my head, unbidden.

There isn’t much to report since I only started editing the work Yesterday, and this has been a busy weekend. But I’m going to chronicle the process as part of an ongoing series on Sundays.

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

I am reading the entire work out loud. This draft, printed, weighs in at 587 pages (Double spaced, single sided).

Each Minor change gets made on the page. If I misspelled something, used the wrong word, etc.

A larger change gets flagged (By Brackets) then I’ve got an entire notebook lined up to jot down those changes. I’m identifying them by page # and edit number. That means the first edit on Page six would look like this:

Pg 6-1: The Flux-Capacitor would choke on the tined-spoon, and you’d never get up to 88 miles per hour, or Osgiliath.

Ok, just so we’re clear, I am not including anything from Back to the Future, or The Lord of the Rings in this project. Neither am I including sporks.

Each page will end up getting read several times – I’ll start over with every change, to make sure it sounds right. A page with zero changes will only get read once, and…yeah…I don’t expect there’ll be many of those.

And there you have it.

I’m only six pages in, because I’ve got to rename a ship, and I’m struggling to find a name that fits. I’ve got a nice place-holder, but this is the first major change.

Later on, I might post snippits, stuff that ended up on the cutting room floor, that kind of stuff.

Stay tuned.


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