Monday, March 8, 2010

Chunky Editing

Awhile back I blogged about editing CALLARION AT NIGHT in chunks instead of as a coherent whole. The reasons for this, beyond the one already mentioned in the post I linked to, are several-fold.

1) I wrote on Microsoft Works and MS Word 3.1 back in the day -- those programs used to go all nutso if you had a document that was greater than roughly 120 pages. I've only recently gotten out of the habit of keeping a complete MS in four separate documents.

2) It's easier to focus on 10 to 15 chapters at once rather than staring 30+ in the face. Why? Well because then you can scroll back and refer to earlier sections without sitting there for five minutes looking for the exact section you want.

3) Once I'm "done" with a previous section, I can move into a clean file and not have to worry about dozens of marks and everything from stuff I've done before. Granted, it's more time-consuming to flip from one file to another when I have to refer to chapters not in the section I'm currently working on, but I'm willing to make that sacrifice.

4) Did I mention that it saves my sanity to focus only on a specified number of chapters?

Another side reason is that you're able to check chapters off the list, so to speak, when you've finished editing them. I hate making to-do lists, but I love checking things off them.

CaN update, by the way: The first 11 chapters are roughly 75% edited now. I included another Rombard chapter (on Donna Hole's suggestion) and am moving along with smoothing out the middle portion where Moriah searches for her mother's diary. Big changes and life-changing discoveries are in store for our spunky heroine and the honorable scoundrel who loves her. I won't say the beginning section is perfect (because nothing ever is) but it's a heckuva lot better than it was two months ago.

Also, another note: We still have open spots for guest posts on The Secret Archives of the Alliterati. Like L.T. posted on Friday, we're booked up through much of May, but we're accepting folks for slots well in advance of the actual date. Send an email to alliteratiarchives@gmail.com.

4 comments:

Bane of Anubis said...

I'd forgotten about that going nutso feature -- I used professional write at the time and it had the same issues. So much for the good ole days.

L. T. Host said...

Always glad to hear of progress made :) Makes me wish for some non-wedding related progress of my own!

Susan R. Mills said...

Great progress. I edit in chunks too. It just seems more doable that way.

Adam Heine said...

I love todo lists. Sometimes if I do something that wasn't on my todo list, I'll write it on the list after the fact just so I can cross it out.