It’s raining in Central PA, and it’s Monday. But let’s not let that get us down. Rain can be beautiful. It gives moisture to the land and water to drink. It feeds the streams and rivers. Monday gives us a fresh start to a new week, a place we’ve never been before. So let’s embrace it. Let’s live it to its fullest.
This week the Featured Excerpt is from Lawrence Hebb’s article, Spaceship Earth, Our Moon, Why Are We Going Back? Be sure to give it a read. Lawrence has also just released a new book, Safe Haven. You may want to check it out on Amazon.
Don’t forget to add your thoughts to this week’s question, too.
Someone had asked a question about revising our work before it is submitted for publication. Revision can be difficult and time consuming, but it must be done. As important as revision is, editing is also important, and in many ways it overlaps revision. I want to give you six steps to help with your editing and revision. Here goes.
- Give it some time. Before you begin your revisions, just walk away for a bit. Give it a few days, maybe a few weeks. Then go back and read it with fresh eyes. While you’re waiting, work on developing a summary of the finished story. You can use this to guide you as you do your editing and revisions.
- Get rid of the excess. Think about your summary. Think about the overall big picture of what you want to accomplish. Look for inconsistencies and anything that doesn’t advance the plot. Get rid of it.
- Read your manuscript in a new format. Print it out using a different font, maybe a different size. Make it bold. You might be surprised how many mistakes you might catch.
- This may sound trite, but read your work out loud. Use the changed font you printed out for this. When reading silently, it’s too easy for our brain to gloss over words and wording. Reading out loud will help you pick up awkward wording and inconsistencies that may remain.
- See it from a different perspective. Be hard on yourself. Consider every line. Are you saying what you want to communicate? Read the manuscript as if you are reading it through someone else’s eyes. It may not be easy to do, but look at your work as your worst enemy might see it. He’s probably not going to say anything good. Consider your words. Don’t just read them. Are your words clear? Are they concise? Do they flow? You’re the author. You can write anything you want, but your writing will be judged by the reader – maybe your worst enemy.
- Use editing tools. I’ll list three here, and you can do your own research to see what works best for you. Grammarly, Hemingway Editor, and FreeWriter. All are user friendly, and all have a free download.
That does it for this rainy Monday. Keep on writing!!!