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So, a lot of my experience in editing comes from my own writing. Working alongside editors showed me the process, and watching my own work be transformed was a huge stepping stone for me to start editing for others.
YOU’LL NEVER FINISH.
That’s the sad truth of editing, especially if you’re self-publishing. There will always be that typo everyone missed – that dialog you’re not satisfied with. However, this is also why it’s so important to have editors – even multiple editors and beta readers. One person will catch what another won’t.
YOU CAN’T STEP BACK.
If writing taught me anything, it’s that I will never be able to step back from my work enough to say, “Yes, it’s good enough” or “Trash it.”
I will always assume the latter because I’m a terrible critic of my own writing. Getting an outside opinion on your work is vital, because you won’t be able to be objective enough, no matter how long you’ve been writing.
IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, YOU’RE A BETTER WRITER THAN YOU THINK.
It wasn’t until I got outside opinions on my work that I started to believe I wasn’t all that bad at this story-telling thing. 🙂 A good editor won’t just tell you your weaknesses; she’ll tell you your strengths, too.
YOUR FIRST DRAFT IS NEVER YOUR LAST
Yes, indeed, this is what writing taught me. 🙄 Your foundation may always stay the same in multiple drafts of a book, but it will look quite different from your first draft.
So, if you’re looking for some basic editing (I specialize in line edits) I’d love to talk to you! I can’t offer these services until January, but let’s get the conversation going. I’m happy to customize what I offer as much as I can. Reviews and examples of my editing can be made available.
What has your experience with editing been like? How have you found feedback helps you in your writing? Let’s chat.
3 thoughts on “What Writing Taught Me About Editing”
Some people see what needs to be done, like you. Others, like me, read for the story! I can’t thank editors enough for their gift/talent. You take a story that may have potential, and clean it up so it can shine! Editors are invaluable.
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Aw, thanks for sharing this! YES! Editors are underappreciated, but we would be writing without them.
Yikes, I meant we wouldn’t be writing without them. 😉 😉 *goes back to bed*