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Editing 101


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This is the area that I lack the most. At first I used to think that editing was just spell check on Microsoft Word and that was it. Then I realized it was so much more than that. Granted, I have been writing for a very long time, but my mind was not on editing. I just wanted people to really understand my story of what I was trying to say. Who cared that I didn’t put a comma in the right place? I can remember in high school my English teacher would give us a sheet that had ” common mistakes” on it which did not help because  I still needed work on my papers.  I have a come a long way, but I still lack editing. When something needs a fresh pair of eyes I send it to one of my friends and have them look it over. Here are some things that will help the process of editing.

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  1. Proofread – Always have your work proofread. I know we as writers think our writing is perfect,  but it is good to go over every piece of writing with a fine tooth comb.
  2. YouTube Videos – Call me crazy, but this really helps! I have watched many videos on how to edit. It may seem redundant or tedious, but it has helped me.
  3. Books – Books that focus on editing can help a ton as well. In fact I am about to read a few because I still need all the help that I can get.  Here are a few
    1. On Writing by Stephen King
    2. 100 ways To Improve Your Writing by Gary Provost
    3. The Manual for Writers by Kate L. Turbian (Eighth Edition)
    4. Line by Line by Claire Kehrwald Cook

There are some of the books that I will be reading as well. My goal is to write for a living so I have to make sure that my editing is tight! When you edit what style works for you?

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The Cruelty of Edits


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Editing is a very important tool for any writer. As writer’s there are some that can both write and edit. If this is you, I am very envious. I have to buy books and hire an editor for my work. One would think that I would have it down but nope. I get the punctuation mixed up and I notice some run ons. I’m a work in progress. A writer’s job is to well, write! We have to come up with these awesome stories and once we get them out there whether it’s a script for a novel, the world (or so we think) will criticize our work. That’s the hardest part of writing, seeing who thinks we have good skills or not. One time I turned in a paper for my undergrad and I just knew it was edited properly. I had done it myself. I read and read, and changed so much and even used spell check. When I got my paper back it was a red as an apple. My creative work had been tormented by a long, skinny white tube substance with a red point on the end known as a paper mate pen used by my professor. I felt torn, and even shed a tear. I mean my paper was good! Or so I thought it was. I had grammar issues out the behind, and I was descriptive enough with my paper. I thought, wait, a writer who isn’t descriptive? This teacher is tripping! When in reality it was I with the issues. I sucked it up and was able to do a rewrite. Once I started over the paper was becoming it’s own, the flow was better and my ability to explain and tell a good story. When in doubt edit as much as you can on every writing piece!

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The Cruelty of Edits


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Editing is a very important tool for any writer. As writer’s there are some that can both write and edit. If this is you, I am very envious. I have to buy books and hire an editor for my work. One would think that I would have it down but nope. I get the punctuation mixed up and I notice some run ons. I’m a work in progress. A writer’s job is to well, write! We have to come up with these awesome stories and once we get them out there whether it’s a script for a novel, the world (or so we think) will criticize our work. That’s the hardest part of writing, seeing who thinks we have good skills or not. One time I turned in a paper for my undergrad and I just knew it was edited properly. I had done it myself. I read and read, and changed so much and even used spell check. When I got my paper back it was a red as an apple. My creative work had been tormented by a long, skinny white tube substance with a red point on the end known as a paper mate pen used by my professor. I felt torn, and even shed a tear. I mean my paper was good! Or so I thought it was. I had grammar issues out the behind, and I was descriptive enough with my paper. I thought, wait, a writer who isn’t descriptive? This teacher is tripping! When in reality it was I with the issues. I sucked it up and was able to do a rewrite. Once I started over the paper was becoming it’s own, the flow was better and my ability to explain and tell a good story. When in doubt edit as much as you can on every writing piece!