Fun fact, I have consistently kept a planner ever since I was 13 years old. Nevermind how old I am now, but let’s just say I’ve been keeping a planner for a very long time. (God, I’m old!). For countless ages…er I mean years, I always kept my schedule organized in a paper planner that I carried on my person wherever I went. (Usually lovingly customized with fiesta colored pens, random doodles, and bizarre stickers, but dammit that’s how I rocked!). Then in 2015, I decided it was time to give up my beloved paper planner which took up space and added weight to my already overloaded purse, and I decided to keep my schedule digitally on the planner widget that came with my Samsung phone. From 2015 until recently, that was the only planner I carried.
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!