After months of and several breaks from the manuscript of my third novel, I need to do a final short overall check before sending the manuscript on to an editor for advice. It’s astonishing how simple, and sometimes more obvious, mistakes can linger, even after many drafts.
My novel falls into the genres of thriller, crime writing. Plots in thrillers tend to be complicated, along with the structure of the novel. Each time a draft changes, the complexity multiplies, leaving lots of places where minor mistakes, or sometimes major ones, can fester and combine. Further, changing the position of chapters often strengthens a plot – for example, chapter eight before chapter five because chapter five introduces a new viewpoint. However, the writer may overlook the simple errors that occur as a result of this change.
Hence, the need for time out and ruthless edits.