Fun fact. I am a 2nd generation metal-head. My father raised me on metal, and my musical tastes are very much a part of who I am as a person. Another thing my father raised me on, was dragons. Some parents teach their young children to draw stick figure people, or flowers, or suns with happy faces. My dad taught me how to draw fire-breathing dragons. I grew up in the 80s when high-fantasy movies were quite popular, and thanks to my dad, these are the movies I grew up watching. I was, and still am, obsessed with dragons (and all things High-Fantasy). I’ve always had a love and appreciation for metal thanks to my upbringing, primarily Thrash Metal, but it wasn’t until I was a bit older that I discovered that my two greatest loves in life actually came together.
Fantasy story-telling + Heavy Metal = Power Metal!
If there is anything I hate, HATE, HAAATE that writers do – it’s inserting themselves into their fiction. You’re not being cleaver. You’re not being sneaky. You’re not fooling anyone. I see exactly what you’re doing.
So you just finished that manuscript you’ve been working on, and it’s anywhere between 80,000 and 130,000 words. Editing such a large body of written work is quite a task, which is why you need to hire an editor.
Except, in reality, a good editor is very expensive, and a lot of small-time writers can’t afford to pay $600-3000 for a professional editor. (These are averages based on editors with credentials who accept work between 80-130k words.) There are those willing to work for less, but you risk getting what you pay for.
For most poor starving writers, dishing out that kind of cash for professional help is just not within their means, and many of us find that we have to go it alone. If you are one such writer, who has to be a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to editing, there are a lot of ways for you to be a better and more thorough self-editor.
So sit back and let the J share her guide to self-editing!
As a writer, there are certain things I love; libraries, the smell of books, old typewriters, stationery, leather-bound journals, and pens.
God, I love me some nice ass pens.
Admittedly, I do almost all my writing on my computer, like most writers these days, but I still leap at any chance to use pens and stationery. Hell, I still write snail mail, just because it’s more fun and personal than email. It’s so exciting to get a REAL letter in the mail, instead of the usual credit card offers, bills, and retail flyers. (I hate that crap).
Because of my love for office supplies, I am what is known as a pen snob. And of all the many, many different types and brands of pens, I’ve tried. I would have to say Pilot’s Varsity pens are my absolute favorite.
LIfe is short, writing is hard, and we live in an age of distraction.
Aside from the necessities of life (your job, your health, your family, your relationships, etc.), there are SO many things to waste one’s time on; YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, video games, news outlets, TV (for those who still watch TV, if not, Netflix/Hulu). I’m not immune to these distractions either. I could be working on book three of Convergence, and here I am blogging (way to go, J!). But, the thing is, I know I’m being distracted. I’m not kidding myself here. Every blog I post, every meme I share, every tweet I retweet is just a few more precious minutes chipped off my already finite mortal existence, but one time-waster I’ve never enjoyed is excessively sharing quotes about writing instead of actually writing. I’m sorry, but that one feels just a bit too ironic for me.