The first draft of my WIP is done and it is time for me to start editing it. After I let spell and grammar check run a few times the real work will begin. The first three steps I plan on taking for the next week or so are:
Step 1 – Get rid of all passive sentences. This is where I will spend a few days picking over the entire draft for the words was and is. Then I will rewrite those sentences to show more action.
Step 2 – Ban the adverbs. No, I am not banning them all but a great deal of them. This is where I spend a few more days getting rid of -ly words. Trust me this is the part that is hard because in my first drafts adverbs almost outnumber the other words.
Step 3 – Read out loud. I will have a proper read through (reading it aloud of course) and make a judgement about how much rewriting each paragraph will need. I then highlight the sections I feel need to be rewritten.
What about you what are the first few things you do when the first draft is finished?