The black pen can be blue or green or purple, but not red: we're not making note of typos. (Of course, you can use a red pen if you want--but if you can't stop yourself marking typos, don't say I didn't warn you.) This step also requires a print-out of the manuscript and some sort of notebook.
The read-through involves two things: first, marking the beginning and end of every scene. A scene, as described by Ms. Lisle:
is a cohesive block without which the novel will not stand, encompassing everything that a novel has to have, but in miniature. A scene has a start and a finish, characters and dialogue, engages at least one and sometimes all five senses, and offers conflict and change. It takes place in one time and in one place. If the time or the place changes, you’re in a new scene. A scene is usually written from only one point of view. (One-Pass Revision)Second, making a note of every problem and inconsistency--whether plot- or character- or writing-related--in the notebook, e.g.:
- The day in Pt I Chp 2 seems awfully short and nobody eats. Insert time interlude.
- A.L.'s fears that peace is impossible are never referred to again. Is this a problem?
- A couple of times I tell instead of showing on pg 119.
As for what I did with my marked-off manuscript and my notebook full of plot holes: I plan to talk about that Friday and Monday.