Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Editing Bliss - An IWSG Post

Happy July, my Hooligans!  Where is this summer going?  I haven’t even made one visit to the beach since my daughter's been out of school.  That will be remedied this week.  I need my beach time, baby!


Join in on the fun!
It’s the first Wednesday of the month and you know what that means - it’s time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group.  Our lovely co-hosts are:  Krista McLaughlin, Kim Van Sickler, Heather Gardner, and Hart JohnsonBe sure and thank them for their hard work.



Normally, I whine and complain on IWSG day.  Not this time though.  I’m in a great place with my work-in-progress.  I’m still editing, but man, is it fun!

Wait.  What?  Did Elsie just say she’s having fun editing?  

Yes.  Yes, I did. There’s something about fine-tuning the storyline, bringing all the little details together, and even catching the occasional dropped word that’s a ton of fun for me.  It takes away my annoyance at looking for grammar mistakes.   Lord knows I’ve got a ton.

I changed the way I edit and am so glad I did.  Originally, I printed out the entire manuscript and attempted to comb through it, marking it up with a literal red pen.  What a freakin’ mess that was.  Once I decided to edit it on the computer, wow, editing seemed like less of a chore.  I am able to get chunks of it done in one sitting instead of a page or two.  

I may actually have this bad boy edited sooner than I thought!  And, that truly excites me and keeps me on point.

Have you made any changes in the way you edit your WIPs?  Have any good tips to help me along? I’d love to hear them.


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This has been a part of Insecure Writer's Support Group - the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh:

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!


71 comments:

  1. Welcome back!
    Glad you found a way to edit that isn't a chore. Yeah, I'm one of those weirdos that enjoys editing.
    Now, schedule some beach time!

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    1. Happy to be back, Alex, thanks! I never thought I could have fun while I edited. I think I was just so overwhelmed by all that paper! Need to wait a bit on the beach =( We have a tropical storm headed our way. Boo Hiss!!

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  2. Glad you will be able to get your beach fix this week my friend :) have a great day!

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    1. I wish I could get to the beach this week. I may have to wait until next week. We have a tropical storm headed our way. Blah!!

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  3. If editing on the computer works best for you, edit that way. We're all different. I can't edit on the computer and have to print out my work. I can't even write a first draft on the computer.

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    1. Funny how different each person is when it comes to editing. I really thought printing it out would help me see the mistakes but it just made it more complicated. Way too much red on my paper! haha

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  4. Hey Elsie, well THEY do say you should print out your ms and mark it up. I do this but usually it's a waste of paper. To check my structure and development of sub plots etc I'm considering printing it out and blu tacking the complete novel onto a wall and walk my way through it--the computer just isn't big enough even with all that colour coding. But I love re-writing, so it's all fun. Woah, just read L Diane's comment--I couldn't imagine writing a first draft anywhere other than on the computer.

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    1. I think that once the major overhauls are done with my WIP, I'll print it out then and review it. This way there won't be as much editing to be done and I'll be able to actually see dropped words and such. I catch more when it's printed but this early on, it's too much to catch! Your way is really interesting. I've never heard of someone doing that - neat!! I'm with you, I couldn't write my first draft either. Whew!

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  5. huh i usually print it as well...maybe i need to try it on the computer...because editting...is not fun to me...hahaha. but def necessary...hope your summer is going well elsie...

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    1. I had too many mistakes that needed fixing. My paper was so full of red ink, it was almost impossible to focus on the task at hand because I wanted to fix all that red! I hope you're enjoying time with the kids!!

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    1. I know right! I was correcting so much of my stuff, the pen ran out. How sad is that? ;)

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  7. Bu get your spot at the beach before the canadians flock and take it all haha I do it on the computer too, printing it off would annoy me to no end.

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    1. You damn Canadians, always taking up my space in the sand and clearing out the grocery stores!! Bah Humbug to you! Good to know I'm not alone editing on the computer.

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  8. Glad to hear editing is less of an onerous task now.

    I saw that Arthur is to make shore soon. Batten down the hatches and keep safe!

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    1. I'm so glad I found a way to have fun with editing. Until the corrections come back…hehehe

      Yep. Not sure when we are supposed to get it but I know it's supposed to ruin a day or two of the long weekend.

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  9. Glad the editing is no longer a chore!

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  10. I am at the very end of a 120K manuscript revision. My brain is fried. I can't imagine how much I'm missing in my edits right now because of burnout. I'm hoping sharp-eyed readers will catch those last typos for me. Yeah, that's my new editing technique -- hoping others will catch my mistakes. :PP

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    1. Not a bad technique at all. Fresh eyes is exactly what is needed at times. So is taking a break from it every so often. Or, I'm fried like some fritters.

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  11. Happy to see you again Elsie !
    Hope you have a lovely day.
    Im with a terrible flu dear!
    xo

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    1. Oh, no, Gloria!! I hope you're getting lots of rest. Feel better soon, my friend!

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  12. I never thought of a different method of editing, but I see a lot of people are loving editing their work more than writing it. lol It IS less taxing.

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    1. I can't say for sure that I like editing more than writing because the journey of writing is so much fun. But, I think I can safely say I no longer hate editing and that's a start =P

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  13. Hey you... thank you for the kind words over at my place... things are aligning... things will be ok...

    God, I saw the date yesterday... July 1st... and I thought... this year is getting away from us!!!

    AUGH!!!

    :o)

    ~shoes~

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    1. Time always seems to move faster during the summer months. Probably because they are my favorite to enjoy. I'm glad to hear things are falling into place for you again, my friend. You deserve it!

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  14. It's delightful to hear about how pleased you are with your WIP! Go you! Keep up the great work! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Lexa. It seems like so long ago that I was frustrated with editing. :)

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  15. Oh, you think you like editing? Just wait until I'm done with you. You'll never want to edit anything again. Muahaha.
    (Not really)

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    1. You're so evil, Bryan! Bring it! I'm ready (after I'm done crying away the pain you cause).

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  16. I actually like editing. I will do a draft blog post and then come back to it a few days later and find all kinds of things to fix!

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    1. I need to heed your advice. I know I have a ton of errors in my posts. I usually don't catch them until after they've gone live :)

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  17. Editing on the computer rocks. One of the things I like to do is focus on an aspect of my manuscript and run with it. I may make one pass just on the five senses, and another pass on eliminating extra words like "like", "just", "that", and "really". Maybe one run through will be to add more setting details. I like editing in topic chunks better than trying to edit the entire manuscript all at once. More manageable that way. Good luck with your latest round of edits!

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    1. I like how you do your editing. I'm trying to work it the way you do it, but I end up trying to fix everything at once. Hopefully, the more I edit, the better I'll be at refraining from getting caught up in all of it.

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  18. Glad you found a better way to edit! Sometimes I hate editing but sometimes it's, like, my favorite part because I can really develop what I was trying to say the first time. Good for you :)

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    1. I have to agree. I never thought I'd enjoy this part of writing. I think it was partly fear of the unknown and lack of experience. Now that I'm doing it, it ain't so bad!

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  19. Yay for being in a great place! That's always nice to read. Happy editing and have fun at the beach. :)

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    1. Thank you, Julie! I think I may try to get to the beach in a little while…before the tropical storm makes it's way to us and the rip tide is too dangerous. :)

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  20. Congratulations on getting your book to the editing stage and finding a way to enjoy editing! You deserve a day or 4 at the beach

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    1. Thank you, Birgit. The next few days will be great for editing. Rain, wind, and quiet. :)

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  21. I miss stuff when I edit on the computer screen. My current method is to order a proof copy from CreateSpace and mark up the book as I read it.

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    1. I miss stuff too. My final run through will be on paper. I think I tend to "see" dropped words and misspellings on the screen but not on the actual paper. I need to utilize (aka figure out) CreateSpace. I have an account but did zip with it.

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  22. YES! I went all computer 10 years ago, and I'm never going back. =) For me, I like to edit in rounds. Round one: inconsistencies. Round two: Perfecting characters/motives. Round 3: Spiffying up language...and so on. I think it's easier to keep track of one thing at a time rather than dealing with the whole huge mess at once.

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    1. I like how you do your editing, Crystal. It's very organized and that's something I can work with. I think what I was doing was too much. I was trying to fix everything all at once on paper. My poor WIP almost bleed to death.

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  23. Editing on the computer is the way to go! Glad to hear you're having fun with it.

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    1. I'm so relieved to finally enjoying the editing process. I never thought I'd be happy to tear out chunks of my writing :)

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  24. Editing is a blast. So is writing and rewriting. Good for you!

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    1. I hope you're having as much fun as I am!!

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  25. Great post! I love editing, love tweaking my words and paragraphs, making them shine. I probably missed my calling. Should've been an editor instead of a writer.

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    1. Hey, it's never to late to try something new. Especially in this digital age! ;)

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  26. Sounds like you've hit on a good formula. Editing does bring a huge sense of satisfaction, once I can get started. I do a printout, but that's usually one of the last steps. I also edit for different things on each round.

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    1. I procrastinated too. It took forever for me to get into any kind of schedule with editing. It was so much easier to ignore it :)

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  27. I'm glad you are having fun editing! I normally hate any editing, but with my current MS I'm loving making revisions and improving my book. It's a great feeling to have things becoming what you want them to be! :) Have fun!

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    1. You're right, Krista. It really is a great feeling defining each character, tweaking the plot to make the dots connect. Now that the writing is truly over, this part can be fun.

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  28. Hey Elsie,

    Something needs to be clarified. IWSG aka "I Was Seeking Gary." Yes, I get all emotional about it all. Thank you! :)

    I'm glad you are having fun with editing. I haven't a clue what editing is. I write and it happens, end of. Okay, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar checks my writing. She has loads to teach me.

    I'm off to find a red pen and turn into a brainchild. Why are those who set up groups and blog hippety hoppetys, always called, "brainchild"?

    Have fun with your bad boy!

    Gary :)

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    1. I meant to put "I was seeking Gary" at the top of the page but old habits die hard. Maybe next month. I'll have my three furry friends put in a reminder for me. I'm glad Penny proof reads for you but aren't you afraid she'll drool on the page? My dogs would. hahaha!!

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  29. I always print a hard copy for first edits and then do the rest on the computer. I like being able to write changes in in long hand, including entire scenes.

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    1. I think I had way too many mistakes in my first draft. My margins were chock full of corrections and almost impossible to read. Maybe one day, I'll get to a point where I can edit on paper at the first round. Meh, who am I kidding? :)

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  30. That's wonderful that you found an efficient way to edit. I think everyone has a different method that works best for them - the problem is finding it. Great that you have!

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    1. Not only is my book a work in progress, I am too. I have the feeling my editing habits will evolve over time too. Hope all is well with you!

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  31. Many a time I use my ereader. I have an old Kindle and put notes in it. I've also done some reading to help me learn to look in the right places for problems. I'm sure you do the same.

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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    1. Awhile back someone recommended a book to me, of course I can't recall the name right this second, but it is a great read for us newbie writers. I'm glad I found it….just wish I could remember the name right about now.

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  32. I'm making the rounds late! Anyway, good to hear you are enjoying the editing process. It's easier for me too. Drafting is like sucking the marrow out of my bones, but once the basic story is on the page it's fun to flesh it out and make it into something beautiful. Good luck!

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  33. Hello Elsie ~ Happy to read that you are busy editing your work ~ I think a second pair of fresh eyes would be good as he or she can give you a new perspective or see things you never thought before ~ Enjoy your summer ~

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  34. I'm soooo jealous. I just blogged about how insane my edits are making me! lol! I'm glad yours are working out so well for you. It's great when we get that spark of joy back in our writing process!!

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  35. I really enjoy the editing process. If you saw my initial draft of any piece of writing! You'd probably be scratching your head! LOL! I live in land-locked Colorado, but my husband and I made an agreement that I would get at least one ocean beach a year. We're about to hit 30 years of marriage, and he has come through in spades! Enjoy that beach, Elsie!

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  36. Yeah, since I've always edited digitally I won't be able to think it's fun. I'm used to it and have no worse experience. I'm completely indulging in the 'don't edit at all until you're done' rule, though. And editing afterwards is done so much, that it's less of a comb-through and more of pick-up-the-pieces.

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  37. Editing beats doing the original writing. I say this, though I've procrastinated for months on it. Okay, thanks for the inadvertent nudge. Good luck, Elsie.

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