KMGN: Excellent! I do not enjoy editing after the second draft because I am afraid of destroying the story I’ve created. So, before I send something off of the longer-than-a-short-story length, I zap it to my sister who has a Master’s degree in English and hasn’t steered me wrong yet. Again, hope this article helps you. Let me know what you think about the process in this article. I’m very interested in knowing what you think.
Editing is my favourite part of writing. While I enjoy the free exploration and rush of creativity that comes with writing a first draft, it’s in the edit that I really earn my money. The edit can turn a promising idea into a great idea, can turn lumpen prose into gold. But in order to get the best out of editing, you need six important things.
Have you noticed how much easier it is to spot mistakes or areas for improvement in other people’s books? There’s a good reason for that. As a reader you’re coming to the story fresh, with no insight or foreknowledge of what’s taking place. You can only judge the book by it’s words. With your own book it’s very different. You know everything intimately, not just what is written but the back story, what you are trying to imply and what is left unsaid. You know…
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