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.
Personal journaling is often recommended as a therapeutic way to get us through our most difficult times. It can also be a wonderful source for later creative writing.
A friend recently asked me, “Don’t you miss the sixties?”
My reply: “No, but I wish I’d kept better notes.” I wish I’d journaled more.
I wish I hadn’t burned 7 years of journals I kept from age 17 to 24. That’s still a painful story to tell. My first husband, when he filed for divorce, was advised by his lawyer to seize my journals. And he did. I felt so betrayed that I vowed that I would never be invaded like that again, and when they were returned to me, I burned them.
In one of my writing classes, I challenged my students to keep a pocket notebook with them at all times. Like these famous people: Mark Twain, George S. Patton, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin and Ernest Hemingway.
To inspire your writing later, jot down snippets of interesting conversation you overhear, a description of an interesting person you see. A question that comes to you that you might want to explore further later. Anything whimsical that comes into your mind.
But like life, journaling takes time, too.
What a challenge, to balance all the things that pull at our time, and still make time to write.
And you can do it.