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!
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.
We’re about half-way through National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, and every year there are more and more participants and more and more hype until you can’t seem to escape people talking about NaNoWriMo. At least, not if you’re a writer.
Personally, I don’t participate. Never have, and, to be frank, probably never will.