There is so much going on right now!
Live #AskEditor sessions, the Death & Pestilence anthology release, a live Camp NaNoWriMo write-in, and the final days of the Edit Like a Pro introductory sale.
Submit your completed manuscript for a chance at a month of free editing!
Yeah, you read that right. This is a chance to work with a freelance editor for a month to make your manuscript beautifully polished and ready to knock agents' socks off! (provided your dream agent wears socks)
Okay, take a moment. Process. Breathe.
Let's get into some details.
If you are subscribed to my YouTube channel, you've probably seen this series. But for all my lovely blog followers who might not have, I thought I would collect all the videos on one page. This Editing Basics series is an overview of the editing process. It's not an in-depth look at how to edit; it's meant to lay out the basic phases of the editing process for those who aren't sure where to start or what direction to take. If you're new to editing, take a moment to go through these videos—they're brief—and get an idea of how to structure the process. Not only will this simplify your editing process, it'll help you feel more confident going in! Sometimes that can make all the difference.
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We all want to be better writers, and a huge part of that is being a better editor.
Editing our own work is hard. It can be difficult to separate from the work and see it objectively. And not everyone can invest the time and money to hire a writing coach. The next best thing? This course.
I've been on YouTube for a couple months now. I never imagined I would have this much fun and meet so many amazing people. Seriously, if you're not hanging out on YouTube, take a moment and check out the AuthorTube community. This playlist of AuthorTube Newbie Tag videos is a great place to start. It's so easy to get to know people when you can see their faces and hear their voices, and these people are definitely worth getting to know.
Below, you'll find some of my most popular posts. I hope you enjoy them, and definitely let me know anything you'd like to see in the future! Your wish is my command.
Should you hire a professional editor right away?
NaNoWriMo is over! As you bask in the glow of your victory and December frost, you’re probably asking yourself what’s next. You’ve cranked out 50k words, and you are buzzing with the excitement of success and productivity. Now you’re ready for the next step. You’re ready to hire an editor.
Whoa, hold your metaphorical horses.
Ah, the freelance life. It is not for the faint of heart. You may experience strong cases of “pajama fever” and forget the day of the week. You will likely come to know more about your clients’ daily routines than those of your family, and your response to questions of, “Doing anything fun this weekend?” will be tearful laughter.
In case you have not experienced the joy of freelance life, here are a few GIFs to help you get the feel for it.
When you lose your planner, and the world refuses to stop...
Actual footage of a freelancer in her natural habitat:
Loitering becomes an art form. “Yes, I bought something! Twelve hours ago. Is that a problem"
Boundaries do not exist. “I’ve been working for 72 hours straight? Just one more email..."
Yes, we work in our pajamas. It’s a beautiful, magical thing.
Some days, we feel like we’ve made a terrible mistake.
But the smiles on our clients’ faces make it all worth it.
And by smiles, I mean emojis. Because we live on the Internet.
Some days it feels like there’s just too much to do.
But we always wake up ready for more!
Wow, there is so much stuff going on. I’m having trouble keeping track of it so I thought I would take a moment to update you on everything happening right now and everything coming down the pike.
As I was writing my post on dialogue, I thought, Wow, I've been rambling for a while now. And so I have. I've been talking about reading and writing on this blog since last summer, and as much as I enjoy corrupting you all with my ways, I realize there are other idea-filled writers out there who are farther along in their personal journeys than I am.
So I presented them with a question: What advice would you give to a new writer?
And now, drumroll please, I present you with their answers.
I know, another editing post. Go on and roll your eyes. I'll be back to writing soon, and then this madness will cease. But for now...
Two quick disclaimers:
1. Take all writing rules with a grain of salt. You are the writer.
2. These are editing tips. The only red flag in a first draft is a blank page.
With that said, here are a few red-flag words. If you see these during revision (because I know you're not editing during your first draft) give them a second look, and make sure they really work.