Are you stuck in EDITING HELL? If so, here are a few tricks I’ve learned from the last two months of edits on my novel.
- Use a thesaurus. I have been using thesaurus.com.
- Try Gingersoftware.com. There is a free version that helps you reword some of your sentences.
- Don’t be afraid to add or change your plot or your characters. I know it’s scary. BELIEVE me. However, after I read and reread my manuscript at least one hundred times, I realized I had some fixing up to do. I cut and spliced and rewrote. The flow of my novel is much better, and the story makes more sense.
- ASK FOR HELP. I asked trusted author friends to critique my work. It hurt like heck to hear what they had to say, but it mobilized me into action to change some things. After a few days of editing, everything they said made complete sense to me.
- Ask for help again… I am on edit number four. Once this is complete, I will run it by a couple of additional beta readers for their thoughts. Why not? You can only make your novel better by doing this.
- REMEMBER, not everyone is going to like your genre, plot, or characters. Find a way to be all right with that. Don’t let it bring you down.
- BELIEVE in yourself. I have just written my first novel. If I have learned anything, it is that writing improves with more practice. I can’t tell you how many authors I follow who just keep getting better and better with each subsequent novel they write. Just keep writing.
- Read everything you can about writing. There are many blogs out there that will help you learn your trade. I love the YA fantasy genre (and magical realism) and recommend you follow thebetternovelproject.com
to learn about the hero’s journey. Check out the “Authors Supporting Authors,” tab on my menu, and the “Writing Tips,” tab. I have added tons of articles to help writers perfect our craft under these categories. Search around and see what you can find.
- Don’t give up. To find more time to write, I curtailed much of my social media time. We all have to do what we have to do. I spend more time on Twitter and try to support my fellow writers by tweeting their blog posts. I have it set up so that the Twitter posts also post to Facebook to save time.
- When all else fails, buy a one-month subscription to Grammarly.com. It has been a life saver for me to get the punctuation correct and for revising my writing. P. S. My next book, I am hiring an editor. But you still need to have most of your issues fixed before you give your manuscript to an editor. Trust me on this.
Write as many blog posts as you can about the subject of editing. I believe this is my third one. Are you sick of this topic yet? LOL!
PLEASE keep sending me lots of hugs. The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy will be published in early January 2017!
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Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.
The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.
Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.
When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.
She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.