Sunday, 14 October 2007

Finally, some editing...

I put it off and put it off but I finally pulled my finger out this afternoon, turned off the laptop and went out to the balcony with my novel print-out, a pen and the radio. Several hours later I returned to the warmth of the living room with 44 edited pages!

I'm not going to transfer the edits to the Word doc tonight (I think I've done enough for one day) so I'll save that for next week. Then I've just got to edit the final 50 pages and the first edit will be done.

My plan for the second edit is to read aloud each chapter and see how it sounds. Anything that sounds clunky or I stumble over will get re-written. But I'm not going to progress straight from the first edit to the second. I'm going to take a bit a time off from the novel and write a few short stories and plough on with my children's book. I'm definitely a writer rather than an editor!

6 comments:

Leigh said...

44 pages! Well done!

I admire you for reading aloud. I tried it once. Despite being alone in the house, I felt such a twit I couldn't do it!

Please, write a post about how you get on.

Lane said...

Well done you. Sounds like a nice place to work too:-)

A. Writer said...

44 pages? WOW! You're doing great!!

I've tried reading aloud my prologue and I just didn't feel right. So I think I'll stick to typing it out.

I have to say I agree with lane, having a balcony sounds very writerly.

Emerging Writer said...

I record my writing onto my mobile phone and then listen back to them. Very useful. Also checkout the free download readplease which reads your text in a Stephen Hawking type voice.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Well done! Reading aloud great plan, I find it helps me spot clunky phrases/sentences that I'd missed on screen and page.

Anonymous said...

When I read mine aloud, I have to do it in either an American or Australian accent!! (Cringe)