Got the rest of my edits back from my editor. The original feedback she sent me didn’t have all the information she wanted to tell me, so she sent it to me again last night via email. Overall, the feedback I got was very helpful, although some of it I’m not sure about. I was planning on getting down to work but I’m feeling a little too anxious right now to get anything done. Just so I wouldn’t feel totally unproductive, I pulled out Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway and re-read the chapter on Revision. This chapter talks about the process of revision, criticism and workshops, and questions to ask yourself about the story while you rewrite. It’s a short chapter but it is rather helpful. These are the questions that Burroway suggests that you ask yourself:
"What is my story about?" or "What is the pattern of change?"
"Is there unnecessary summary?"
"Why should the reader turn from the first page to the second?"
"Is is original?"
"Is it clear?"
"Is it self-conscious?"
"Where is it too long?"
"Where is it undeveloped in character, action, imagery, theme?"
"Where is it too general?"
I plan on keeping these questions in mind as I get back to editing tomorrow. I hope that they will be helpful to you as well. You may also want to check out Writing Fiction for yourself. It has a lot of really useful information.