What High Level Means
When I talk about high level, I’m not talking about individual sentence structure or specific word usage. I’m talking about moving back a few million miles from your story and seeing how it flows and connects. If the storyline doesn’t flow right, you’ll lose a lot of readers.
High level means plot, storyline, and consistency. It is the big picture that holds it all together.
What is Missing?
During the first draft, an editor is looking for what is missing. Is there a scene missing that could tie in the other scenes and not leave the reader confused?
The story needs to be flow smoothly. As you read, is there a bump in the road? Is there something that doesn’t feel right? Maybe more description needs to be added to scenes.
What Doesn’t Belong?
Ask yourself what doesn’t belong as you read. Can you remove something and the story still flow? There is always something there that needs to be removed. Does a scene really help the story along? Let me give you an example.
I was editing this paranormal mystery book when I came across a scene in a grocery store. It didn’t seem to add anything to the story. I read it over a few times and couldn’t see a need for it. When I asked the author, she said she had added it to show how close the friends were. The problem was that she had been doing that all along in story. There was no need for this long scene to show what everyone already knew.