THE 5-LAYER MANUSCRIPT REVISING PROCESS
This is nothing new, actually, just an approach I'll try with the final draft of TUBE to make it as good as I possibly can before sending it off to Sarah for editing. Lots of writers do it. So I'm jumping on the wagon to join them. The idea is simple: instead of going through the manuscript draft by draft like I did before, revising everything as I go, this time, after Draft 5 is done, I will read it 5 more times, from beginning to end, each time focusing on one thing only.
NOTE: This approach works well if you're doing it to the draft that's close to final, or the one you think is close to final. If you're a plotter, your second draft might close to final. If you're a pantser like I used to be, you'll need to write out a number of drafts to smooth out the story and the plot before trying this.
Just like the ice cream sits in a waffle cone, your story sits in a setting. This first read-through is for setting only. In case of TUBE it's the train and various places in Moscow and Alupka (a small Black Sea resort town). I can't imagine what this read-through will look like as I've never done this before, but I'll be on the lookout for authenticity. Does the setting make the story ring true? Does the setting itself feel like a real place? How can I make it more believable? Is it detracting from the story or adding to it? Am I using concrete details vs generalities? And so on.