Posts Tagged: editing

I refuse to change my Will

It’s not easy, committing something to paper and sticking with it no matter the circumstances that compel you to change.  It’s easier to bow to convention and follow the traditional routes.  Overall, that’s the safest way to write the words that will last beyond my lifetime. I recently had reason to consider the trouble I… Read more »

Good to go

The changes have been made to all three books in the Jeremy Shuttle Adventures series.  All the books are good to go. I’ve submitted all three, though I am still waiting on some final conversation regarding Book One.  Pending that, the trilogy will be up for sale for good. The errors in What if? were… Read more »

A crying shame

What a waste. It was an ugly experience running through my first book again and correcting the constantly repeated error I made.  Ugly, but necessary. One of the most basic rules of grammar:  punctuation goes inside the quotation marks.  I messed that up on probably 70% of the times it appeared in the book.  70%!!!… Read more »

Is my face red!

A special emergency Sunday edition of the blog for a big mea culpa! So there I am, cleaning the shower doors and mirrors when I am saved from my least favorite thing in the world (cleaning) by the sound of an email.  Now, normally, an email isn’t enough to get me to jump up and… Read more »

Two edits do not make a right

Who watches the watchmen? As early feedback comes in from my previewers (as opposed to reviewers), it has once again become apparent to me that the old adage about two wrongs has vastly wider potential than its common use.  For example, within my editing process, I run a pass through the book to clean it… Read more »

Hit the deadline or make dead sure it’s a hit

Slipping in a quickie on a happy holidays week! I’m at risk.  I think. My recent rewrite has added 30 pages to the book.  30!!  Normally, I’m trimming pages in the rewrite, so this took me by surprise.  It also challenges me to hit my deadline to get the book released by mid-January. My books are… Read more »

I find your writing highly illogical

I’m about two-thirds complete with the second rewrite.  This is the fun part. The first rewrite is mainly basic editing (grammar, sentence structure) and clean-up (confusing or excessive dialog, shifting segments around).  That’s pure grind-it-out work.  The second rewrite is even more work, but at least its fun! Now is when I spend time filling… Read more »

Laptop, thy name is error!

We’re waist deep into editing and rewriting now and one thing is painfully clear about Book Three:  Man, I made a ton of typing errors. By now, you’re all familiar with my process.  Bring the laptop to the beach, type away blindly (due to the glare) until sweat, rain or brain-lock brings the writing to… Read more »

What Now?

What indeed. Today I finished the first draft of the final book in the Jeremy Shuttle Adventures trilogy, What Now?  So, the question is, what now?  Or perhaps, what next? The first thing I plan on doing is nothing.  Step away from the book and writing (blogs excluded) for a week or so and let… Read more »

Meanwhile…

When it comes to my writing, I don’t suffer patience well. I’m in an uninteresting part of my book right now.  Yeah, that sounds bad to admit, but it’s not as bad as it sounds.  Or maybe it is.  If something is uninteresting to the writer, odds are it’s uninteresting to the reader. The problem… Read more »