Next week I'll edit everything.
You may remember back on Day 4 that I said I don't spend a lot of time editing as I'm writing. My goal in the writing phase is to get something down on paper that corresponds as close as possible to the elevator statement, objectives, and blueprint.
The writing phase is the time to write, not edit. You can't really edit as you go along because you don't have the whole book in front of you. How can you edit chapter 8 when you haven't written chapter 18 yet?
So now that I have a rough manuscript in front of me, I can go through the entire thing and edit it. It's been a few weeks since I've read some of the earlier chapters, so stuff is gonna start jumping out at me, such as:
Didn't you say that 3 chapters ago?
You made a huge leap here--needs a segue.
This chapter really needs to go in another section.
So I'm taking off tomorrow and will be back on Monday with more tips for you. If you're in the US, have a good Memorial Day. Thank God for all our troops and those who've given their lives for our freedom in the past 235 years.