How to (Try to) Edit a Book #LikeABoss -Reblog

I thought this article contained a lot of useful pointers to use in editing. It’s an important part of creating a book.

I thought about the present day editing process when I was reading a play in which the writing started in 1932 and I saw several errors that would be screamed about today.

I guess no one cared back then because they didn’t have Grammar Nazis back then, they had gun-toting, goose-stepping Nazis.

The Iceman Cometh is a play written by American playwright Eugene O’Neill in 1939. First published in 1946, the play premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on October 9, 1946, directed by Eddie Dowling, where it ran for 136 performances before closing on March 15, 1947. It was the CATS of it day.

 

via How to (Try to) Edit a Book #LikeABoss

 

Denzel Washington in The Ice Man Cometh

 

I use many of these pointers myself before turning books over to the publisher but I can’t stress it enough.  Stick to my grits in saying stay true to your style. It’s signature you. Don’t edit your style away. Your style is how your work is distinguished from everyone’s else.

I know some are going to ask, “What if I’m not a youth and I don’t have years to let something marinate, then come back write it and then look for a publisher, or self-publish it.

The link is a reblog of someone who gives sound advice. I don’t think the original author wrote this as a die-hard rule guideline for every book. I think it is a summary of useful tips.  Most older writers have already done most of the steps mentioned.  You have had your story together for a long time. In some cases for years, but often didn’t have the time to write the first or second draft because you were busy working, taking care of a family, or running your career.

If many of you are like me, your first draft perhaps already been sitting in a closet for years. And you have picked up nibbets or written so many notes over the years to add to your book,  that by now,  you may have written so many notes that you need your friends and family to help you type them all up.  LOL!

Once you put it all together you realized you did a terrific job. There’s nothing wrong with self congratulatory.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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8 Responses to How to (Try to) Edit a Book #LikeABoss -Reblog

  1. thanks for sharing my post!

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  2. John says:

    I think one needs to find an editor who can work with their style of writing. Some editors slaughter a book.

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  3. Galen says:

    I thought this article contained a lot of useful pointers to use in editing. It’s an important part of creating a book.
    I thought about the present day editing process when I was reading a play in which the writing started in 1932 and I saw several errors that would be screamed about today.
    I guess no one cared back then because they didn’t have Grammar Nazis back then, they had gun-toting, goose-stepping Nazis.
    The Iceman Cometh is a play written by American playwright Eugene O’Neill in 1939. First published in 1946, the play premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on October 9, 1946, directed by Eddie Dowling, where it ran for 136 performances before closing on March 15, 1947. It was the CATS of it day..

    Sounds about right.

    I don’t think people were as hypercritical then as they are today.

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  4. Dr. Felica Nelson says:

    Not every single Indie author needs a professional editor. But many do need a second look over. Some I don’t think the writer proof read the manuscript at all. I haven’t found that to be the case with A. White books. Readers need to bear in mind there’s no such thing as a complete error free book. Even Shakespeare has many grammar errors.

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