The Writers Circle: Editing

One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

With NaNoWriMo 2013 coming quickly toward a close, thoughts for many writers will turn from churning out lots of words to editing them. Whether you participated in NaNoWriMo or not, let’s talk about your editing methods. What tools do you use? Do you have a specific strategy or process you use when editing? What works for you? What have you tried and found doesn’t work for you?

Let’s discuss this in the comments and see what our community thinks.


6 thoughts on “The Writers Circle: Editing

  1. The first sentence sets the tone for the entire work. Editing has to center around making the rest of the piece follow the first sentence. Which is not to say that writing the first sentence comes first!

  2. Reading straight through doesn’t work for me. I start zoning out. I have to grab snippets, work them, and grab more. I’m better at editing as I go.

  3. I always read the work I did most recently, edit as necessary, make notes for future, and then move on the new work for that day. It works for me as it gets me back into the mental framework of that story ( the characters’ heads, the time period,the language) before I move on to the next part of the story. It’s a time consuming process and one of the biggest reasons I don’t do NaNoWriMo. I should probably try to write without my stop and go method but not this year.

  4. I like editing and when I’m hot at it, I like to do a chapter at a time once I’m certain the story flows properly. And I like making notes as I go because I won’t remember later what or how I felt along the way. Works for me. 🙂

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