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Finished your first draft? WOW! That alone is such a HUGE accomplishment, and you should be so proud of yourself for completing it. A lot of people begin a novel but never get to the end. But, all praise and fuzzy feelings aside, this is just the beginning.
As soon as you've completed your first draft...
at least 60 days later...
do not-I repeat-DO NOT edit this draft as you go
now comes the fun part
Once you're happy with your storytelling, it's beta time
Typically, it takes even professional writers many drafts to get to the final one they’re satisfied with. At this point, you can begin your line edits, but I wouldn’t be too concerned about them at this point. Contrarily, your focus needs to be upon your selected beta readers. What’s a beta reader? A few people, I’d say anywhere from 3-6, will read your current draft and give you feedback on the story. NOT on grammar or spelling! Do not waste this golden opportunity on line edits. It’s a waste. You want to urge your betas to give you honest, critical feedback about the storytelling. Character arcs, pacing, the opening, etc. Check out my Protagonist series Part 1 & Part 2. Assure these betas understand that they won’t be punished in any way for giving you negative feedback. Pro-tip: don’t ask friends and family. …trust me.