Now What?

I finished the first edit of my first novel last week.  Since it was a holiday weekend, I decided against attempting to do anything else involving any writing or editing, too many other factors get in the way of me accomplishing anything with it.  Now that the new year is upon me I am faced with a big question, now what do I do?

This may seem like a silly question but there are many options with my writing here.  I have a second novel written but not edited yet, I could work on that.  I don’t want to do a second edit of the first novel just yet but I do have some things to flesh out and change in the story so that the world is more mine than a copy of someone else’s (not that it is a copy but there are elements).  There are characters to develop further now that I know something more about them.  There is also a world to expand upon.

So the question becomes which do I do first.  Editing the second novel might be a bit premature since it has been only a little over a month since I finished it.  The world still rather daunts me (although I am getting over that) however I am not an artist so drawing it up is difficult.

The characters and fleshing out the story seem the most logical areas.  It might be best for to jump back and forth, so I do not get stalled out on one or the other.  So time to pull out my character background sheet and get working on some of them and then jump to the first novel to fix some glaring errors I found (which someone else reading might not catch since they are character/creature based).

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About awritersprocess
I have been a writer longer than I can remember. It started with poems in grade school and evolved into the manuscripts, articles, and blogs that I currently write for. My desire to become an editor came later in life but I am no less passionate about that as I am about writing. I have a BA in English (with a minor in History) and have even taken a proofreading class through Editorial Freelancers Association. I am a writer for hire.

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