Sunday, August 26, 2012

Read It Out Loud

Continuing with the subject of self-editing, the best advice I can give is to read a printed copy of your manuscript. Your mind will pick up flaws you overlook on a computer monitor. When possible, I also read my work out loud.

When looking only for spelling mistakes, you can read lines backwards.You can also read pages out of order so you don't get caught up in the story.

I'm off to Barnes and Noble to do some self-editing myself.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Print and Edit

The most important advice I can give on the topic of self-editing is to print your work. Today, I will print my proposal (first three chapters and synopsis - in this case 3 synopses) and take it to the cafe at Barnes and Noble. When I read through it, I'll mark any changes needed. I'll be looking at all aspects of writing, but mainly I'll be checking to make sure enough details are there to give the chapters sparkle, to make it come alive. Later, I'll use the hard copy to alter the original on the computer.

Done? No. I'll go through this process at least two more times and I'll read it aloud at least once. Reading your work from the printed page and reading it aloud helps find those mistakes your mind often skips over when reading from a monitor.

Why did I include a picture of a sundae? That is what you can give yourself when you are finally done. I might treat myself to one after I mail off the whole proposal, but I'll share it with my husband.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

At we are discussing self-editing. I would like to share with you the books I've used to assist with self-editing.

The First Five Pages - A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman

Self-Editing For Fiction Writers - How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King


The Grouchy Grammarian - A How-Not-To Guide to the 47 Most Common Mistakes in English Made by Journalists, Broadcasters, and Others Who Should Know Better by Thomas Parrish