Chop, Chop, Editing Block

I have begun the process of editing my novel after taking a little break from it. Once I had finished the storyline I was elated but I felt my mind was a little frayed from the creative overload so I left it for a while. I’m glad I did this as now I can look at it with what I intend to be an objective eye.

Or at least that WAS my intention. Reading through now I can see things that need improving; some continuity based, some descriptive based. My problem begins when cutting or adding to the narrative content itself. I know myself and some other writers have the problem of reading through and just loving everything, awkwardly placed or no. I know this stems from the fact that we wrote it and so we love it, but the essential thing is we need to make sure our stories flow.

My writer friend Jex suggested several tactics to help with editing. She suggested, among others,  reading out loud which is the predominant technique I use myself. Read through the novel and if you stumble in any area then you know it needs work. This still doesn’t help with seperating objectivity with love of your own written word. I am determined however 🙂

Editing is proving to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to the ultimate outcome.

Do you have any editing techniques you live by?

Thank you.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle Proulx
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 21:56:30

    Editing is a tricky mistress. I’ve found that either I go crazy and start hacking out huge sections I shouldn’t, or I’m too forgiving and leave in stuff that definitely shouldn’t see the light of publishing day. So you probably shouldn’t be taking any editing advice from me, lol.

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  2. HJM
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 22:02:53

    If you get stuck on something return to it with fresh eyes instead of trying to battle through it. Perhaps move onto another section. I’m just finishing the fourth edit of a book I’m putting out and tonight I have to go back and redo the last four pages because I was rushing it so that I can watch a movie. I know that sounds bad but true. Now I have to go back and ensure that it doesn’t have any mistakes. So yeah, rushing through an edit is probably a bad thing.

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    • akhinchey
      Feb 27, 2013 @ 22:45:49

      I can understand your view on rushing an edit but if you knew there would be another wave of editing then perhaps it’s not as bad as you thought 🙂 I’m sure it’s all wonderful. Good luck.

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  3. joannalee086
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 22:24:57

    We are in the same boat, I’m also in the editing process now and it gets easier each time. I also agree reading it aloud is very helpful, especially with dialogue. Wish you luck with the process.

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