My Dear Future Readers,
Today I will tell you about lesson number 2. It is probably the most important lesson any author needs to know
Lesson # 2: Editing Is Work
I always thought that writing the first draft was hard. But the first draft of a book is just the beginning. First you put your ideas down on paper. Then you research some more ideas. When you are done researching, you write more details into your book.
This can take months to just get your idea out onto paper. Months during which some days you whine and cry and doubt that your idea is not good enough. But when you finally get your idea on paper, you think to yourself, “Well, I am done, it’s finally finished.”
BUT…You are far from finished. Because now, the REAL WORK begins.
The really hard part starts when you need to go back to your first draft and start to edit it for errors or inconsistencies. There are a lot of things to do when editing your book. Editing your first draft may take months until it is polished. But in the process of your editing, you become a better author. You learn to express your ideas in a more clear and concise way. It is then that you can enhance your ideas with more clear details. Show the reader that you know how to develop a scene so that he or she can envision it for themselves.
Editing is important because you can identify your errors after the completed manuscript has been sitting on your computer for a while. You begin to notice the stray periods or commas that were placed in the wrong place. You can see that you retyped a line in the wrong order (if you hand-write your book first, like I do). It is important to proofread your manuscript which is also part of editing.
Editing and rewriting your work is an important part of writing because it helps to polish your ideas and develop your writing craft to it’s full potential.
Life is full of little things that make big things happen faster. I believe that editing is like the small things in life that make big things possible.
Let’s edit the way we want our lives to be. Put in details to make our dreams a reality faster. Polish the happy moments so they stay in our memories longer.
Editing can be fun or it can be work. I make a learning experience where Ican learn and develop my craft better. It is all about perceptive. Editing is hard and can be trying but if you are improving yourself and your writing, go for it.
I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.
YA Fantasy Romance PUBLISHED Author