Editing

Yesterday I dove into the world of editing again. Editing isn’t my favorite, but it’s exciting to see the book come together. I’m working on the final edit right now. It’s like building a house and being at the point of adding in the hardware and painting everything.

There’s some important work I need to still do on my Action Kids book and my goal is to have it done by the end of this month, therefore I’ve been trying to work on it more. In-between cleaning the pantry and making supper yesterday afternoon I headed up to my office (which is almost empty now since I’m moving), turned off my internet, set my timer for an hour and worked steadily until it rang.

I had 37 really‘s in my book and I cut them down to 18. It’s amazing how many filler words I use without even realizing it. I’ve also been working on eliminating words like something, cool, amazing, very, so and that. Those words are rather ambiguous so they’re not helpful to the story (in most cases).

I’ve learned a lot during this book. I’m working on adding more descriptions to my book. What is the MC (main character) smelling? Tasting? Seeing? Feeling? Olivia, the character telling the story, is more of a girly girl than a tomboy (although the book was written for both boys and girls) so I had her noticing other character’s clothing every so often. That was a new experience for me. Her brother, Alex, is all into sports, so I sat down with my cousin and asked him all sorts of questions about football and basketball. Another new experience.

What about you? Does editing sound like something you would enjoy? And don’t forget to check out the two giveaways that are going on right now. Head on over to The Book Nook for your chance to win a copy of Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl that I’m giving away to celebrate it’s first birthday, or go to  His Princess for your chance to win a copy of Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl and a $5.00 gift card.

Also! Don’t forget that I have a writing contest going on! You can send in your stories any time before June 28th. I look forward to reading what y’all come up with! 

4 thoughts on “Editing

  1. David Mabe says:

    It does seem like a daunting task. I remember when I was in Creative Writing in high school and getting back a paper for edit from the teacher and it looking like she'd gotten a bad cut while she had it in her hand. And it's hard on a writer when we get the edit suggestions back. Something we've written is a part of us and it feels like we are being criticized personally. Great post!!

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  2. Aidyl Ewoh says:

    Ugg! I don't know what i'd do if my book was edited in red. Thankfully, my editor uses blue. Blue seems a lot more friendly and less condemning to me. There have been plenty of times that I've not been happy with my editor, only to put it aside and come back later and be like “Wow, he is SO right about that!” 🙂

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