Hell, I’m a day late. Sorry about that, I’ve had so much going on this post completely slipped my mind.
I thought I’d share with you a bit about my editing process. First off let me tell you I HATE editing. Before I started writing for some reason I thought all I needed to do was write my story, send it in to a publishing house and their editors would do their magic and bam my novel would be published. Well let me tell you that was a big misconception.
So on to my editing process. This is by no means everyone’s way of doing things but it seems to work for me.
- I check for spelling mistakes. (There are normally heaps)
- I look for misused words. I like to have a list beside me to make sure I’ve used the right ones.
- I look for overused words and phrases. (Again there are normally a heap of these.) I think we all have favourites we turn to all the time.
- The next thing I do is I use Natural Reader to listen to my novel. I hate the sound of my voice so find it easier to go this way.
- I then go back and fix up any problems I may have picked up along the way.
- I make notes of where I need to add more description or less dialogue.
- After I’ve make those changes I print out the manuscript and go back and do line edits and start the process again.
- Once that is done and I’m happy with what I have I’ll send it off to my CP, who will normally pick up something I’ve missed. You really can’t trust your own judgement in these matters.
- Then I do one last rewrite, one last edit check and I’m ready to go.
I know this isn’t a very long post, but I’m still getting use to living in town and the strange noises are not playing nice with my migraines.
Until next time