First, I am writing this on my iPhone so I am forced to be brief.
I hit a milestone last week. I finished reading 400 double spaced pages of a first draft of a novel about love and obsession. I edited and made marks and comments. I printed out every chapter separately and stabled each chapter together. I have three stacks: a beginning, a middle, and an end, sort of.
Now I am ready to:
--think about the best order of the chapters (this is VERY hard)
--see where there are gaps or omissions or overkill and write at least a few 'bridge' chapters and probably chop out some sections
--get rid of all unnecessary wordiness
--change some names and some locations and some descriptions so no one I care about gets hurt or mad at me
-- check the verbs and make sure they are as strong as possible
--reread it all and judge it: is it any good? Is the character Casey transformed? What's the lesson?
I would have given examples but I'm posting on my cellphone for the first time ever. Forgive my typos.
The stage I am at now with this novel is a lot of fun.