I read “recently” that a good way to edit your manuscript is, when you think you’re done writing the whole thing, print the entire thing out and then skim through it from start to finish with sticky notes or something to make vague comments here and there when you find something that bugs you or is wrong etc.
Then go through it again and address each comment you made to yourself on those notes. I’ve thought of printing out my stories before to edit but always thought I was being extravagent and that it was unnecessary. When I told my husband about this technique he said that’s what he does with all of his papers too. Lo and behold, later that night he brought out his latest paper and did just that.
I’ve seen him do it a hundred times before. I wonder why it never occured to me to emulate him?
So I’ve decided that’s what I’ll do. Instead of waiting till I’ve finished making changes to my manuscript though (which I’ve done about 3-4 times already), I’ll finish an entire scene/place then print out those chapters and look through them again. I mean, 250 pages is quite a bit to print out all at once and I just don’t have that sort of money to dish out in one go.
I finished ch 1 & 2 last week and meant to print them out before Christmas but that obviously didn’t happen because the library was closed I found out and I didn’t want to go elsewhere (businesses can be super expensive to print your stuff out!) so I waited and started reading another Poirot novel in the meantime.
Just finished Stephen King’s Joyland over the weekend. Was good but it took me forever to get into it. Even then it was really only interesting at the very end. Ho hum but at least it surprised me at the end and the writing was very good.