By: Rachel E. Newman
When I first realized my passion for editing, I had long recognized my love for books and stories. During my adolescent years, I read voraciously; and by the time I decided to pursue editing, I believed I could recognize a well-written novel within a few sentences. Surely I would be a natural.
It was with great
anticipation I began my first editing fiction course. I still
remember that initial editing assignment. The paragraph had emotion; it had
character; it sounded so good. And then comments from my more experienced
classmates started rolling in. The excerpt had problems with repetitive
language, shallow point of view, and unnecessary speaker attributions. Once it
had been edited and portions of it rewritten, the finished product was head and
shoulders above the original paragraph.
At that point I realized just how much I needed to learn. And the process of learning has been one of pure joy. Discovering how to communicate images and ideas in a way that makes the text disappear and the story come alive has opened a whole new avenue for connecting with people. And people, after all, is what I’m about.
That’s why I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned to help you polish your manuscript and save money. Although self-editing does not eliminate your need for a professional editor, it can cut down on the amount of time it takes to complete a professional
edit which in turn could save you lots of money. Even
the best editors will tell you that professional editors have their work
Our brains have the amazing capability to see what should be there instead of what is there. We might read over a sentence fifteen times and never realize it’s missing
a the or contains a misspelled word. (I
must have read that last sentence at least eight times before I realized I’d
left the s off “times.”) That’s why it’s so important to have
a fresh pair of eyes do that final edit.
There are many changes you can make, though, before you submit your manuscript to an editor. Keep in mind that while writing your first draft you shouldn’t concern yourself with editing. Editing and writing use different parts of your brain, and you don’t need the distraction editing will cause while you are emptying your creative genius onto your keyboard. But once you’ve got that first tornado of a story down, it’s time to start looking at it critically. What works and what doesn’t?
One of the first set of questions to ask yourself is:
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