|More Coffee Required - Maria A Smith|
Stick your hand up if you love editing? Slashing text, rearranging words and sentences, moving paragraphs, killing off characters and in some cases, telling a very different story to the one you started out with?
Some of us can't help it, we don't know when enough is enough, always telling ourselves that if we tweak this and that, it'll do the story justice. I'm not bad these days, I don't edit as I write anymore. There was a time when I'd write a paragraph and then go back and mess with it, change words for ones that fitted better. Add a comma. Remove a comma. You know what I mean. Over time, I learnt to keep writing, after all, its a first draft! I could return after I'd spewed the story out onto the page, I could tinker with it later.
Most of us, drive ourselves crazy editing. What is your editing process?
Do you put your work aside for a week after you've finished? Or maybe you need longer?
On screen editing or a print out of your manuscript?
Red pen or cut and paste?
What about spelling and grammar?
Do you read it aloud to yourself, or anyone else?
Give it to beta readers?
I let my novel rest for a while (probably for too long) then read it through chapter by chapter, and then edited on the screen. Next I read it into a voice recorder, and listened back. Unfortunately, at that stage I realised it needed a lot of rewriting.
Short stories I find much easier to edit, and usually start shortly after I've finished the story. On screen first, then I print a copy out and get to work with my red pen.
Please share your tricks and tips on the editing process.