Saturday, November 24, 2012

After-NaNoWriMo Edits

Once upon a time, NaNoWriMo ended.
As NaNoWriMo comes to an close, it's time to ask that fateful question... What now? You're probably already feeling thankful that it's over (but happy too). December and January are for editing your awesome new WIP and getting it ready for queries. If you're like me, the thought of editing my MS just makes me feel:

So, I've dug into our resources in the YA community and found some helpful editing tips to make it not so overwhelming and horrible to dive in to. Just think, you could could have a shiny beautiful WIP in about 60 days. That's something to be pumped for.

Editing Tips for that new NaNoWriMo Manuscript:

Ya Stands:
Reasons Editors Pass
Writing, Editing, and Publishing tools

YA Highway
Trimming the Fat from your Manuscript
Revising Your Novel

YA Rebels
Editing "Monday Puts It All Out There" by Gretchen McNeil

The Daily Dahlia:
A Brief Lesson in Copyediting

Elizabeth May Writes:
Self-Editing a Manuscript in Eight Steps

YA Misfits
On Word-Cutting

Rachelle Gardner (agent)
What Does a Book Edit Look Like?

Obviously there are many more resources out there, I just wanted to share some of my favorites. here's to wishing that this sets you off on the right track for success! Oh, and if there is anything I missed or any links you find very helpful in the editing world, please share them in the comments below!


  1. Yes, to that video clip. I "won" NaNo yesterday but need another wk to finish my messy draft. The idea of diving back in-I can't even think about it right now.

    1. Hey Robin! Thanks for the comment! Congratulations on winning yesterday! What an awesome feat. I know what you mean though, it does feel a bit overwhelming to dive right back in. I know you'll be fine though. You can do it!