The Editing Process – Two Years Into the Mix

To be honest, in 2019, I didn’t have a clue about about how long the editing process was going to take. I was so excited to have ‘finished’ my first novel, I believe I would have laughed out loud if someone told me I’d still be editing the same manuscript, two years on.

After the Editing’s Over

‘Of course, men always look at the mother first to see if they are ageing well. Hopefully, you will age well, Lisa, dear, but that is one reason I always spend time making myself look as good as possible. Mind you, I look so young you and I could easily be sisters. I look at myself in the mirror every morning, and I find it impossible to believe that I’m thirty-six. On a bad day, I only look twenty-five. Unfortunately, you’ve inherited more of your father’s genes on the facial front. I think it’s fair to say you look more like him than me.’ The mention of her father sparked disinterest, and Lisa turned back to look at her typewriter.

SELF-INDUCED EDITING MODE

I have been pussyfooting around the final edit since the beginning of September 2020. After receiving amazing feedback for Say it, I’ve been putting off restructuring the final draft. As of Monday, I am pleased to announce that I finally kicked the procrastination, knuckled down and willingly went into self-induced editing mode. Not sure how long I’llContinue reading “SELF-INDUCED EDITING MODE”

So, you’ve finished writing your novel? Well, here is a Cautionary Tale

I am just about to come to the end of what will be the final edit of… Draft number 12 of my first novel… I think it’s number 12, but I’ve lost count. So I’m a long way off seeing my book in print, let alone watching Renée Zellweger win another gong for playing the part of my MC and thanking me in her acceptance speech.

PUNCTUATION: The Importance of Getting it Right!

It is time for me to get a grip because, as I’m beginning to discover, there is a very fine line between, rejection or acceptance.  It’s time to get my ducks in a row and my punctuation in the right place – Exclamation Mark.

5th September 2018

I’ve moved on from binge watching Game of Thrones, along with the other addicted viewing millions as we wait, anxiously twiddling our fingers, for Season 8 to explode on to our screens in 2019.

The things I do to try and get myself into print…

“You can’t really go wrong if you aim for 500-800 words and, for sure, keep the thing to less than 1,000 words. Agents asking for a 1-page synopsis are being unrealistic. Anyone who wants more than 1,000 words doesn’t know what a synopsis is.” Jerichowriters.com Thank you Jericho Writers, I keep reminding myself of this.Continue reading “The things I do to try and get myself into print…”

When the Editing Process gets to you…

“Do you own this comma?’
“I do M’lady, yes, his name is Cid and I also own that full stop.”
“Do you know that Cid is in the wrong place?”

The Editing Process

Up with the lark and fuelled with the belief that the early editor catches the idioms, the cliches, and the typos.

The Editing Process

The editing process is a nightmare that would make even Stephen King’s spine-chilling characters squirm.

Goggle Eyed

My work-in-progress (now so close to the end) v Me. “When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft This is what happens when you spendContinue reading “Goggle Eyed”

Intoxicated because you have completed your first draft? You need to sober up!

The first draft of anything is shit – Ernest Hemingway

Blogger’s Log Stardate 5/2/16

Edit, edit, edit. Delete, delete, delete. I do wonder why I spend so many hours writing, writing, writing when I delete so much of it and rewrite. Perish the thought that I may have fallen into the category of windbag. Today I have lost count of how many cups of coffee I have drunk. ThisContinue reading “Blogger’s Log Stardate 5/2/16”

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