Today has been a day of much editing.  Ugh, I hate editing!  I wish you could push a button and magically the entire word file was perfect.  Wouldn’t that be great?

 

I’ve gotten almost the entire story written except the ending.  I’m still tweaking that part so I decided to take a break and work on revisions. It’s going pretty good but it’s a grueling process.  The fact that my reading skills are based of of a screen reading program really doesn’t help.  A story presents it self much differently when read by an electronic monotone voice.  usually by the end of the process I’m pulling my hair out and wanting to yell at the voice inside my computer.  I think I should name him.  It would be much healthier cursing a name that it is an object.  Hmm… what should I call him?  If any one has any suggestions I’m up for them.

 

I’m also still trying to work out a title for the book.  It’s hard to pick something that is catchy but still pretains to the story.  I like how some books have just one word titles.  For example, in the House Of Night series the frst book is called Marked House Of Night.  I would like to turn my book into a series so I have to come up with the title and the series title. 

 

The other issue I’ve been having is trying to decide if I’d rather tell the story in first person.  The first version was in first but somewhere down the line I switched to third.  I like the idea of third because it’s just someone telling the story.  But on the other hand first person is more personal to a reader.  Hmm… decisions decisions…

 

I’ve also sourced out help with my editing.  I don’t have the money to hire someone so I just asked a trusted friend that I know wont hammer my story.  She has been giving me helpful tips and suggestions to make the story work better.  I think this book definitly has potential to be great.  Editing takes so much time but in the end I know it will be worth it. 

 

Next time I think I will be more efficient with editing.  I plan to edit more frequently throughout so I’m not so bogged down with it an the end.  My main piece of advice to other writers is to know when to take a break.  Once the letters, words and paragraphs start running together it’s time to stop.  Or, if you’re on the verge of throwing your only computer out the window… that would be a good stopping point as well just sayin.

 

For any of you reading this what are some of your editing practices?  Do you have a routine or set editing schedule?  Leave a comment with your thoughts.   

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