Completed the first draft of your novel? Congratulations!
You think that was work? Get ready for EDITING! This is where your major work begins.
Editing isn’t just about making sure the words are spelled correctly and the grammar is correct. Editing is looking at every aspect of your writing—from your initial story idea, through the telling of your story, to how you craft your sentences.
Well, yes, and spelling and punctuation, too.
I’ve had writers in my classes say, “Oh, I’ll just hire an editor to do all that.”
Really? And what is your budget for that?
So here are 3 reasons why after you master the art of writing you want to master the art of editing:
1 – Professional editing is not cheap. Not only that but, to cover all the bases, you will likely need to hire two people, a Developmental or Content Editor and a Copy or Line Editor.
2 – You can significantly reduce professional editing costs. If you want to hire an editor—and when you feel you are completely finished with your manuscript you should pay a qualified person to look at the work—you will need to budget anywhere from $3/page to $40/hour. And that’s the low end. You only have to google “average editing costs” to verify what I’m talking about.
3 – Presenting a well-edited book to an agent or publishing house makes you look professional. And professionalism increases your chances of being taken seriously as a writer and getting published.
For more detailed information on the editing process and how you can easily master it, CLICK HERE.
The trouble with life is that it gets in the way.
It comes along just when we’re planning to jot down that great line or write that poignant scene. Life comes in every form imaginable: a child with a last-minute requirement for school, an aging parent with special needs, a job that consumes at least 40 hours a week, a husband (say no more).
Often all of the above at the same time!
On the other hand, without those sad-glad-mad experiences of our own, would we really be able to get in touch with the motivations and feelings of our characters? Would we really understand what love, pain, jealousy, hatred, ambition and guilt feel like? Would we meet those interesting people who inspire our most colorful characters?
No, I think “life” is something we need to support our creativity.
One of my goals last January was to complete a series of online courses by the end of 2016. Now I see it aint-agonna happen. . . My excuse? Life just got in the way. There was the publication of another adult coloring book, teaching real live classes, family obligations, a renewed interest in watercolor painting and unexpected travel for work.
Now I get to make new goals and resolutions for 2017… but first, I’d better figure out how to balance my responsibilities so that “life” becomes my friend, my source, my inspiration, my sustenance—so that I can’t say, “Life got in the way.” But rather, “Without ‘life’ I wouldn’t be who I am, think as I do, write as I must. I welcome ‘life’ as a part of the universe that will not only build my character, but build my characters, too!”
Onward to 2017!
Wishing you another year of writing, fun, and creative inspiration!