I'm on draft three right now, and I decided to print the whole thing out and put it in a folder. I like writing on the computer, but I really don't like reading on the computer. So I'm just reading the whole thing through from beginning to end, and when I get to something that sticks out to me, I just highlight that line/passage.
So if I come across:
- Clunky dialog
- Excessive adverbs
- Random descriptions
- Boring parts
- Bits where I ramble on way too long
- And things that just don't make any sense
I just swipe it with my highlighter and keep reading. The goal is to just read it all the way through, but I can't just skip past something that doesn't work, so I'll go back to the highlighted stuff and fix it when I am ready for the next round.
Here's my lovely folder:
You can see I have some highlights on that page already. Hello awkward exposition and totally flat character description. I'll be seeing you later.
I almost had a heart attack because this draft is 82,000 words. YIKES. That came out to 274 pages in Word, and I can barely turn the pages in this tiny folder.
I obviously have a LOT of highlighting to do.