I like to think I’m OK at writing. I plan on getting better, obviously – that’s why I’m studying over in Sweden.
I do, however, know that I’m rubbish at editing.
Mainly because I avoid it like the plague.
And if practice makes perfect when it comes to writing, I’m sure it also helps when it comes to editing.
That’s why I’ve set myself a project for the month and a handy little countdown timer to keep me on track for it. I’m going to take one of my first NaNo projects (which is awful, by the way) and edit the hell out of it.
So that, hopefully, what I end up with is drastically different to what I started out with.
Now, this is something I wrote back in 2013. If you liked the cringe-factor of whisker hiding and mutes making soliloquies in my last post, you’ll probably like this too.
- I can’t rewrite huge chunks. This is about editing. So I can delete stuff and add a few bits here and there for consistency, but no plot changes. Because I know what I’m like.
- I have to spend the same amount of time on each section. Usually, the first parts of my stories are great because I’ve reworked them a thousand times. The later parts… less so. Time to rectify this.
- No shame. This writing is raw and it’s not great, but I’ll edit it anyway, as this’ll be good practice for The Book.
If you have any tips for me, drop me a line in the comments.
LET’S DO THIS.