Update on the last post: I have written the final sentence of the first draft of book3.
All the work starts now:
1. Transfer the file to Kindle as personal document/print it out to read it through;
2. Go back and do the research fine points (Do you know the difference between a carabiner and a belayer?);
3. Check the eye and hair colours and the height and build of your characters are consistent;
4. Make sure a character doesn’t know something before they’ve been told/found it out;
5. Make sure you don’t have it snowing in June in the northern hemisphere;
6. Fill in, yes add, description/ narrative where you skimmed over it and where it’s necessary;
7. Check the voice is consistent and characters use the correct register in their speech;
8. Substitute ‘dynamic’ verbs for boring or limp-wristed ones and active voice for lurking passives;
9. Put ‘very’, ‘then’, ‘mostly’, ‘quite’, ‘nearly’, etc. through the Star Chamber;
10. Make every sentence a true gem – no clunkiness, no gratuitous or padding words, and ask if each sentence is really necessary to the text;
11. Read it aloud, all the way through – no cheating;
12. Make your eyes bleed by checking that every single comma, semi-colon, colon, speech mark, exclamation and question mark is necessary, in the right place and correctly typed.
After that, repeat 1 to 12.