Friday, May 28

Just goes to show...

...editing is important. Or at least spell check is.

I took this picture last year and it still cracks me up.

Regardless what stage your manuscript is at right now, all writers edit. Whether it's a quick skim or, like I said above, spellcheck, all writers try to improve their story with editing. Which just makes me curious... What part of editing do you hate the most?
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So far, the part I hate is when I know something is off in a sentence or a paragraph, but I can't pinpoint what it is. Honestly, I don't mind the rest of it so much. I adore anything that makes my story better.

8 comments:

  1. As my writing has improved, my editing has become less painful. I don't miss the days of pouring over every line to find a better way of saying something. Now it's just every other :)

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  2. Oh, I agree with you; I'm frustrated when I know something isn't working but I can't figure out how to fix it.

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  3. I kind of like editing. It's the proofreading that I'm really bad at. Luckily I have some great proofreaders in my life.

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  4. Proofing is so booorrrring. But editing this time around is easier than my first novel, for sure.

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  5. Jennifer- LOL! Yeah, I understand. I've been told I write a very clean first draft, so it's not so tough for me. I tend to edit as I go--I'm a perfectionist!

    Andria- I'm glad you understand. When that happens I often have to ask my mum or fiance to help me out. I don't tend to bother my beta readers for something so small =)

    Angie- That's good! I like editing too, actually. A lot of the time I don't have all that much to change in the writing. If I do change things, it generally has to do with plot/events.

    Lydia- LOL! Yes, I agree. My eyes tend to cross and everything looks the same. That's why I use beta readers-- they get to suffer instead of me! MUAH HAH HAH!

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  6. LOL messed up signs crack me up.

    The worst part of editing for me is deleting whole scenes or passages or even paragraphs. I mean, it took me time to write that and now I have to erase it? Harumph. Maybe that's why a large portion of my writing folder is stuff I'll never use again. I just hate to throw that stuff away.

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  7. I love editing and revising even more than writing the first draft. It feels like I'm actually working with something instead of pulling words out of thin air. I enjoy that too... sometimes. The only part of editing that I don't like is proofing. It's just so boring and doesn't feel like art like the rest of it does.

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  8. B.E.- Ahh yeah, I can understand that. I don't tend to mind so much, unless I adore the sentence/paragraph and think I can use it somewhere else, or tweak it for another story. Generally, at the time I'm writing it, I think it's the best thing ever, but when I am editing, I can snip things pretty heartlessly, lol.

    Irissel- Hmm, interesting. I love doing both--first draft and editing. But I CAN understand why working with something tangible would appeal to you =)

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