Cassie Mae and Angie for putting together The Character Blogfest. I was really surprised when I found out that Angie chose me as a winner for Day 2! Normally, I have horrible luck at winning things, ( I can remember a long stint losing Elementary School Bingo). So this just felt great! And winning a masterful editing eye? Even better.
My manuscript though, doesn't seem to want to behave. I've been doing a bit of editing lately to see if some of the bigger changes that I make improve the piece. I decided to try the neat and tidy route (so unlike me) and actually start with a full read through. I just take notes about the problems, and this gives me a chance to see the structural problems. Cheryl Klein mentions this strategy in her book Second Look. The only problem being that I get to focused in on the fact that I can't fix small grammar problems to notice the big glaring plot problems.
What's a girl to do?
I'd be interested to hear what everyone else's strategies are for editing novel pieces. Do you just dig in from page one? Or do you have a more structured approach. I'm interested to hear what works for you.