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Time Spent before Revising

PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:41 pm
by Catwriter
Hello! I recently finished writing the first draft of my first novel. How long is a good time to wait before revising? I was thinking maybe six weeks. Thanks for the help!

Re: Time Spent before Revising

PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:45 pm
by pls

Re: Time Spent before Revising

PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:25 pm
by DrG2
Two to four weeks is good for me. Usually I'll be writing something else (stories, novelette), so it depends on when I finish those.

Re: Time Spent before Revising

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:28 am
by Terry T.A. Rodgers
I never take time off from editing. Unless you wrote the novel in one day, what you wrote in the beginning is many weeks, months, from when you wrote the last word. I see the errors not because of time away but from multiple revisions. I know some very big authors that go over their novels 10, 20, 30 plus times. That's page one to the end, over and over again.

Re: Time Spent before Revising

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:53 am
by donsloan
I recently took a good look at my first novel, The Sisters, by turning the Word doc into a .mobi (Kindle) digital file, which I then attached to an email and sent to myself. I then saved the file on my Kindle and was able to read and highlight typos (there were an embarrassing number of them), areas I wanted to improve on, based on reviews (I published it on Amazon a year ago), and just generally had a good time re-reading and (hopefully) improving the work. I just uploaded the revised file and have sent out new requests for reviews. I am planning to go through the same process with my second book, The DeathBorn, over the next few weeks. I find this process of reading (in larger type) the words I composed on my PC a better way to "get in the flow" of the book, so I can more effectively make needed improvements. The highlighting function inherent in the .mobi file allows me to write whole new passages on my Kindle keyboard. I then go into the PC and page through the Kindle file, making the needed corrections in the manuscript. If you'd like to try this method of reviewing your work, here's a link to a free site that converts Word to .mobi files. Hope it's helpful.

http://ebook.online-convert.com/convert-to-mobi

Re: Time Spent before Revising

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:03 am
by Oldtimer
Oh. I downloaded "The Sisters" from Kindle Unlimited a couple of weeks ago, Don, but I haven't got round to reading it yet, and it will probably be at least another two weeks before I do. Is it worth my while reading it at all if you are going to make a lot of changes?

Re: Time Spent before Revising

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:30 pm
by donsloan
No, it would be best if you read the updated version. Send a quick note to me at (no e-mail addresses, please - use WD's PM system) and I'll furnish a .mobi (Kindle) file or a PDF. Same goes for anyone else who wants to review it. Thanks. Don

Re: Time Spent before Revising

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:34 pm
by donsloan
I just noticed you said you downloaded a copy from KU. The revised edition is now posted on Amazon, so it probably would be quicker if you just download another copy from KU.

Re: Time Spent before Revising

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:56 pm
by Terry T.A. Rodgers
I also believe you should print out your novel and read it. I always find things on a printed copy versus computer screen.

Re: Time Spent before Revising

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:52 pm
by Oldtimer