We all know the importance of self-editing – polishing our work until it gleams as much as we can before we send it out into the world. We thought we’d share the basic process with you that we follow to ensure continuous self-improvement in anything that we write. It is:
1 - Spelling, punctuation, and grammar check judiciously
2 - Read it through on the screen and make changes as you go
3 - Print it off, hold it, feel it, read it – mark up anything that doesn’t flow, and continuously think about what could be improved as you go through it
4 - Go back and make all the improvements
5 - Recruit someone you trust (but who won’t just tell you it’s great!), who is similarly interested in writing and reading as you. Ask them to read it and provide detailed notes.
6 – Go back and make all the improvements
7 - Stand back and look at it through a reader’s eyes
8 - Start the process again
Self-editing is an essential part of the journey in writing anything, it is about refining that initial spark of inspiration from your first draft. We think it’s integral to getting your work into a state that other people will want to read, that other people will want to buy.
Whilst this is a really simple process we’ll definitely be running through it at least a couple of times before www.iwritereadrate.com launches to ensure that our uploads are as good as we can possibly make them, so they have the greatest chance possible of being downloaded, and ultimately read (and enjoyed) by other people.
Vanessa Gebbie wrote a great post on her blog recently about the importance of self-editing that illustrates further its importance. She has kindly let us link to it. We think the dedication that Vanessa illustrates here is fantastic, and a lesson to all us aspiring authors. Read her article at: http://morenewsfromvg.blogspot.com/2011/02/editing-rewriting-revising-manuscript.html
Obsessive self-editing = part of being a writer!
All the best.
The iwritereadrate Team