I finished writing the 50,000+ word rough draft of another novel in the “For the Love of Music” series (same series as “Nobody’s Girl,” my first published novel), on November 17. And today, I validated my word count. Yep, I won!
Since I have finished NaNoWriMo, it’s time to get to back to the book I’m still intending to be ready for publication this year… Thought I’d share my basic steps for it now. I’ll expand on the stages as I go through them with the book I’m editing now. It’s the process I used to edit my book last year, and it worked well. So, here we go!
- Rough draft
- Initial read-through
- Highlight modifiers and dialogue
- Cut out as many modifiers as necessary
- Break up into scenes
- Read each scene independently–asking “does this move the story forward”?, “is this scene complete as is?”, “is this scene well written,” etc.
- Remove unnecessary scenes
- Add missing information/scenes
- Second read through
- Build dialogue/internalization from narrated stuff
- Third read through
- Fourth read through
- Submit to proof-readers
- Fifth read through
- Take comments from readers and edit as needed
- My own proof-reading
- Final read through aloud with corrections
Using music to allow for inspiration is only one of the components for writing. At least when you’re me. I also love to create book covers, edit photos and just look at places, faces and other images that reflect the heart of the story I’m writing. And since most of “Just Jade” is taking place in Europe, I’m wandering back in time through my own adventures in Europe, looking at photos, and letting those images evoke memories and emotions.
If you’ve got some images from your story’s location as you work on your NaNoWriMo novel for 2013, I recommend looking through them. Or go to Wikipedia and look some up. Or google images search. Or Pinterest.
I experienced many adventures during the various times I have gone to Europe, and I have loved all of those memories, even the sad or scary ones. So, here are a few of the edited images from the journeys I’ve taken through Europe, as Jade is inspired to take life.
When I was in Europe in 2007, backpacking the continent with my best friend, I took this picture beneath the Eiffel Tower. Now I’m even gladder that I did. It’s the perfect cover for this year’s NaNoWriMo project, “Just Jade.”