The Writers Circle: Editing before Sharing

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:

How ‘perfect’ do you need your work to be before you allow another human’s eyes to set upon it? What methods do you use for editing before sharing it with others? Do you read it out loud? Do you go line by line and word by word? Share your strategies, tips and tricks in the comments below or in the forums.




4 thoughts on “The Writers Circle: Editing before Sharing

  1. Yes, certainly ,I do edit before I publish. The problem is that sometimes there isn’t enough time to leave my piece for a while.  It happened to me before that I came back what I wrote sometime ago and “O, my god! What did I write! ” May be it was that I thought about something important for me, may be I was distracted by a person, or a thought, or an idea. Whatever it is only writers with big experience do it right 99% of the time, but not me.    To leave for a while is also good to test a theory if your little piece of work going to be as interesting to you after some time. Perhaps, if you are still able to engage with what you wrote before, your readers might be interested as well.

  2. Pretty darn perfect because I know that person will tear it apart. I try to minimize the complaints. Usually doesn’t work.

  3. Must be perfect. Must withstand criticism. Usually does not but I work very hard to get as close as possible.

  4. I read through it thoroughly, then I use a program called “Natural Reader,” which, as the name suggests, is a text-to-voice software program. You can get British male or female readers or American male/female readers. I’ve opted for the British accent. It’s like having a real person read it to you. I like having a print copy in front of me and a highlighter in hand as I listen. The first time I ever let anyone read my current WIP was when I sent drip feeds to a police Inspector/Superintendent who very kindly agreed to be my go-to person for police procedures within the MS. It was probably one of the scariest things I’ve done related to writing 🙂

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