Monday, July 2, 2018

Self-Editing Tips

I finished the damn book.  And it’s off to the editor.

I thought I’d finished weeks ago, but kept going back and making changes and reading it over and over. Every time I’d find something new. Here are some of the self-editing I did in no particular order.

I had a couple of names that were very similar. It could be confusing to the reader so I went back and changed them. Thank heavens for find and replace.
I also used find and replace for those lovely words like - as – just and - the ings.

I cut and moved sections so the book flowed better and it fit the timeline.
I checked for spelling, both with spell check but also by reading it through.

I checked for grammar and punctuation. My grammar is good (I think) but my punctuation is my weak point. And I find Word and I sometimes disagreed on what I thought it should be.  We’ll see what the editor says.
I made notes and went back to check eye color stayed the same for each character, if one man drank scotch and the other whisky, I made notes and made sure it stayed the same through the book.

I went back and read each person’s journey to make sure it made sense and I made sure the conflicts between the characters was resolved by the end.
And I’m listening to the reading of the book. People have suggested three different methods of doing this. I’m going to try all three and see which works best for me.  The ones recommend were Autocrit, Wordpress and Office 365.

I’d love to hear what other people check for when they self-edit.

5 comments:

  1. I used the reading feature with Office. Of course, there's no inflection; however, it does work. I note where something sounds funny. Very helpful! Congratulations on finishing the book!

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    1. Thanks, Vicki. And thanks for the feedback on Office. See you soon.

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  2. I've used the text reader function in Autocrit. Listened to it while I read from the original document to ensure the changes were made in both places during the editing process.

    I also use Natural Reader. Both work very well.

    Congrats on finishing your book!

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