At the Heart of Your Writing – Editing

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.

  1. Use a thesaurus. I have been using thesaurus.com.
  2. Try Gingersoftware.com. There is a free version that helps you reword some of your sentences.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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19 thoughts on “At the Heart of Your Writing – Editing

  1. Writing & blogging is a whole new world for me. Never thought I’d write a book until a few months ago. I dedicated my time & energy towards writing & research of all kinds. The Novel is complete at a little over 63,000 words. Gave my friend who’s an author of two published books to go over it and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Not that I don’t trust his opinion but I decided to give two other people to critic the novel as well. I’m anxiously waiting for their feedback. I edited the manuscript over & over until I couldn’t edit it anymore. After reading this, I’m encouraged to run through it one more time. Thank you for posting!!

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    1. Aw, Viva. Thank you. I thought I was a fairly good writer until I wrote my first book! I had so much to learn. The best part is, I have been learning and getting better. It has surely been a journey! ❤

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  2. Thank you, Colleen for sharing this with us. I too am at the editing hell stage. Having an editor professionally edit my book has been fantastic but when it comes back and I re-read it I still find things I would change and re-write. Argh, leave it alone is all my wife can hear from the kitchen lol.

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