Saturday, August 22, 2015

2 Uber-Editing Techniques



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I'm going to be putting up Gordon Wilson's guest post about self-publishing in the next few days. In the meantime, he's got a hilarious post about robo-tweeting on his blog, Firetok.com.

I'm in the middle of editing for my beta readers this week. I'm not sure if I love this part - or hate it. I was depressed yesterday. Feeling okay today. It's like editing makes me have temporary bipolar disorder or something.

When I'm revising, two things that have always helped me 'see' things I missed a hundred times in manuscripts.

1) Different font.

Although I usually write in Times New Roman 12 pt, when I'm revising work, sometimes I switch to Arial 10 pt. The crispness of Arial helps you see things in a different way.

2) Reading aloud.

I've heard about this tip for editing manuscripts for years. But for the first time, I'm actually using it for the full book. Sitting in my office, murmuring to myself until my throat gets dry. I can't believe the awkward phrasing and redundant sentences I'm able to fix this way.

My husband thinks I'm crazy of course, but that's no biggie.

If you haven't seen it, check out my guest post for 'Firetok' author Gordon A. Wilson. My Top 5 Reasons for Self-Publishing - Instead of Going Back to the Big Guys.

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