Continuity and Chekov’s Gun – part of the editing process

It’s time to settle in and get some more work on this book done. I’m getting stuck into Act IV now: 10,000 words to edit; 10,000 words to write. That’s all that’s needed to get this draft finished.

Then I need to do a cover to cover reading with my notepad to make sure the continuity all comes together properly since it’s had so many turning point transformations over its many drafts so far.

For example, early in the book I killed off a character I later discovered is the primary antagonist and had to go back, resurrect her, and then track forward to make her still alive the whole way through. Opps!

I think the next scene I’m about to edit has me kill off another bad guy that I need to be alive in a later scene. I’ve also made mention to some things and I don’t think I’ve tied up their loose ends yet.

For example, there is a dagger earlier in the book that is jammed into a table, the police take it as evidence, and then… nothing. It’s not come up again. Either cut the dagger or use it (Chekov’s Gun).

So much to keep track of in a novel. It can be very confusing.

How is your writing/editing coming along?

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Rebecca Laffar-Smith

Rebecca Laffar-Smith is a publisher, children's writer, and novelist. In 2010 she gave up a successful 12-year freelance career to focus on her three loves; family, community, and fiction. She self-published her debut novel The Flight of Torque in June 2014 and the first three titles in the P.I. Penguin series in from Aulexic in May 2015. At The Craft of Writing Fiction, Rebecca shares her journey of creation and learning with readers. She loves getting to know her fellow readers and writers and can be contacted through Twitter and Facebook, or Email.

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