Tips on Editing

So you’ve finished your book but now it needs polishing. Some find editing annoying, frustrating, and exhausting. I find editing to be annoying but it is required on all writing projects. My rule of thumb is once you finish the book set it aside and let your mind clear from it for a week or two before you pick it up again. Start on another project to get your mind off the book. If it is a short story or article wait 2-3 days and again as I said try writing another article or project before proceeding to edit. This is mainly if you have a project more than 5 pages. I find it helps to take a break and helps you refocus on the project. Kind of like out of sight out of mind. If you’ve been constantly focusing on the same project for weeks or months. It kind of gets exhausting on your cranium.

So if you completely dislike editing and can’t stand the thought of it you can hire an editor, but it does cost money, many are reasonable though. Especially on a site like fivver. I even do the occasional edit job for just the side income. You can also find a friend or colleague who is good at English and has an eye for detail. The more eyes you get on your project the better over all. Also it is a good way to get opinions on your work. Say you have five people read the project and three say something similar, you likely need to go back and start reworking your writing. You can also find beta readers on blogs, twitter and other places online. Be careful on who you give your work to, some people are not so trust worthy and could steal your work right from under you. You are best having it published with a date and time stamp somewhere on the material to prevent it before you start releasing it freely around to people to receive feedback.

It can be a daunting task to edit, but look at it as a learning growth pain as you improve your writing style and talent. It will give you a nice polished finished project which will reflect better on you and your talent.

Thank you for stopping in and take care, happy writings and good luck.


Published by N.K. Sterling

A sibling and daughter to some, a friend to others. As an artist , writer, and dreamer N.K Sterling spends days crafting new creations be it in painting or jewelry making or dabbling in many creative avenues in life from music to sewing has only made Sterling more inspired to keep trying new things. Enjoying a good book by the fire, or an adventurous outing with furry friends is always a go to for this expressive soul. Writing has been a passion since the age of twelve and the associate's degree in liberal arts has only help expand this creative mind for future endeavors while currently living in the southern USA.

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