My Editing Journey
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So, I just wanted to share a little bit about my editing journey. What a learning process it has been. While writing, I found myself editing my novel along the way. I quickly learned that I would edit until the day I published it if I could. May it be grammar, tense, story structure, feathering in more details, and so on. I didn't mind that part of editing since every time I write and re-write, I get more practice and confidence in my writing.
Once I finished my novel and had my wonderful editor in place, my editing journey officially began. At first, it went well, and I kept pace with any questions or errors that needed fixing. But, I soon began to see what would become my arch nemesis.
Two little words. So, and just.
There were hundreds of them. Every time I looked, I had more of them to remove and/or tweak. I was reassured that every author has their own “special” words that they use excessively and without knowing, but I still felt a bit defeated at how many times I used them. But then I remembered the following quote.
“Write without fear. Edit without mercy.” - Tom Albrighton
How true this statement has been for me. Being a "Pantser" type of writer, I needed to focus on the story and not worry about the little grammar details. So, I embraced my unconscious quirk and got back to it. Writing without fear, and then I could edit without mercy later. Or what I really mean is, let my editor worry about it. 😉
So, it was just one more thing that I learned while on my author journey. But I’m still loving every minute of it!
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