The Joys of Editing

by Stephanie Casher on January 11, 2006

Okay, so the manuscript probably won’t go out this week, lol. I’m making good progress on the latest revision, but I’m not trying to rush when something is this important. So I’ve released myself from the Thursday deadline, but if I continue on pace, I should be ready to ship by next Wednesday. One more week. (Meg, please hold me to that.)

Anyone who’s ever edited a manuscript can attest that it’s a time-consuming process. I know every time I read through a draft, I’m editing for different things. Sometimes its a content-edit, where I’m reading for flow and plot consistency. Sometimes it’s a copy-edit, where I’m strictly looking for grammatical errors. This time, I’m just reading it as a reader – trying to look at it with fresh eyes and experience the story as a whole on an emotional level. I’m pleased to discover that the copy is pretty clean – the red marks are scant this time around, and there isn’t much in the terms of revision. That in itself is satisfying. But there is always room for improvement, and I will not rest until I’ve produced the best piece of work I’m capable of producing.

So I will push on, with trusty red pen in hand. Get ‘Er Done!

Heads Up: LOST comes back from hiatus tonight AND we finally get Eko’s backstory – Woot Woot! Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll be doing much editing this evening, lol. (Yes, I’m one of those people…)

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