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Editing – Scrutinizing Every Detail

July 2, 2013

Scrutinize – definition: to examine in detail, with careful attention


Once the fun part of creating our stories is complete there comes editing. It is a necessary step towards having a polished manuscript. However, it can be energy draining and frustrating. One writer stated, she printed out her manuscript on different colored paper. Each color was for a separate editing stage – blue for grammar & spelling, pink for continuity, yellow for dialogue and so forth.

No matter how many times or how many people read through our work – errors will happen! Since I have been writing and assisting with editing for fellow writers, I notice every ‘mistake’ in the books I read. I’m not even scrutinising or looking for them, they just jump off the page at me.

Do you have the same problem?

Can you switch off your inner editor?

One trick I’ve found helpful is to read the work from the last chapter to the first. I also have some awesome fellow writers that help me. We arrange monthly meetings and swap 4 – 5 chapters of our work with each other. Then gradually work through all these segments until the next meeting.

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