Wednesday, April 6, 2011


A year ago editing was new to me and fun. Fast forward a year and suddenly editing is the devil. Crucifix anyone?

Though, I have come to accept editing. It is necessary even though it is painful and appears time consuming. But it is important to take your time editing. Do not rush to finish.

I have 8 drafts to date of my first novel. So perhaps if I had given it to my strictest critique partner (brother) in the beginning, then I would have spent a year editing one draft instead of a year editing 8 different drafts. I would have saved myself a lot of time, effort and patience.

I have found that editing can be very draining and thus you should find a way to make editing fun. Fun? Are you insane woman? No, but seriously. You have to find an approach that doesn’t leave you gloomy. Find or do something that lifts your spirits, like a reward system. I personally love using different coloured stationary when I edit, like bright pink post it’s and multi coloured highlighters and stuff like that. I don’t know why but stationary makes me happy.

So basically take your time with editing, even if it takes a year. Rather focus on doing a good job then finishing quickly. And don’t forget to make it fun.


  1. I must be a bit odd because I love the editing stage. Having said that, I do tend to use different coloured pens and post-it notes. Maybe that's why!

    Ellie Garratt

  2. Ooh - a fellow stationary geek! I'd prefer to spend a year editing and have fun with it than spend a couple of rushed months and hate every minute. At the mo - the thought of editing fills me with joy -it means that I would have actually finished the first draft of something

  3. I do the first edit. My strongest critic did the next and now I'm at it again.
    Editing is exercising and 'm not fond of that either ;0)


  4. GREAT post! I agree. :)
    I'm a new follower from the A-Z challenge. Nice to meet you! :)

  5. I don't enjoy the edit process either, but yes, it is a necessary evil! :) And I have an obsession with brightly colored post-it notes in various shapes and sizes!

  6. Stationary makes me happy too! Pens, markers and highlighters in fun bright colors make me happy too!

  7. I have a love/hate relationship with editing but as it's a necessary evil, it's a relationship I make work.

    M.J. Fifield
    My Pet Blog

  8. Ooh, great E word. Yeah, editing can be very hard, but I will say, the first draft is even harder for me. But still great :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  9. Ellie - I wish I loved it as much as you. Thanks for stopping by.

    Siv - Thank you for stopping by.

    Laura - I have to avoid the stationary isle in the supermarket or else I end up buying things I already have 10 of. But I think you are right. Editing slowly might be a better approach. Thank you so much for stopping by.

    Mary - I agree. I hate exercise too! But I understand the purpose of editing. I just wish I wasn't so bad at it. Thanks for stopping by.

    Margo - Welcome! Thank you so much for stopping by and following my blog. I will return the favour shortly. It was also very nice to meet you as well.

    Debora - Post it notes rule! Thank you so much for stopping by.

    Brianna - Ooohh!! All this stationary talk makes me want to go stationary shopping. Thank you so much for stopping by.

    M.J. - I have to do a lot more work on my relationship. Hopefully I can get it to work then. Thanks for stopping by.

    Sarah - Thank you so much for stopping by.

  10. Editing can be painful, but it can also be fun. I love stationeries! But for editing, I use different colored highlighters and my trusty purple pen. :P

  11. Nutschell - Stationary makes everything better. Thank you so much for stopping by .


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