The MANY steps of editing

Editing. That dreaded E word… There’s no one who dislikes editing more than writers who spend all day writing their baby (books/stories/etc.) So today I’m going to tackle this utterly horrific topic in 7 relatively easy steps. Keep in mind that these editing steps are something you do over a relatively large period of time so you don’t get too bogged down. You CAN also combine steps, and streamline the process in some ways (which I’ll explain later).

So let’s get started!

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NaNoWriMo Week 2

NaNoWriMo is definitely in full swing now! We’re half way done with the coming of Sunday. Week 2 is over, so it’s time to look back and see how things went!

Week 1 I aimed for 15k and fell short at 11k by Monday. (boooo!) This week I aimed to add in another 15k to bring myself between 25k and 30k. Let’s see how that went…

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Nanowrimo Prep: Why i’m going to have a designated DO NOT WRITE day!

Do not write? DO NOT WRITE?! Are you mad woman?! This is NANOWRIMO!!

I can hear the questions now, but simmer dooown ladies and gents. 30 days. 50k. 1666ish words a day. There are 4 Saturdays in November – that’s only 6664 words that I’m missing out on, and God knows I’m not going to stick to a limit every day. There will be days I write no words and days where I write 8k or more. There is plenty of in between as well.

The main reason I’m choosing to ensure I have a day off a week is because I need a break once in awhile. I don’t think I can go hard for 30 days straight, and I’m not going to force myself to. I also have commitments. I cannot completely clear my schedule entirely. I know hardcore NaNoers will disagree and say that working 30 days straight is the best way to succeed but honestly on top of a full time job and trying to get my writing career off the ground, I just won’t physically be able to go that long in a row.

I also think that breaks are necessary. We have them at work – we have a lunch, 15 minutes breaks for every 4 hours we work, and we have weekends (or just days off in some cases). We have those to recharge. Saturday is going to be that day for me to recharge, and I am going to relish it! Trust me, I’ll make it up during the week! (Or at the Writer’s Conference I have scheduled to attend in November!)

So my lovely readers, are you going to go for 30 days straight? Or take some time off? Let me know in the comments below, or on social media (find me on Twitter and Facebook)! Looking forward to getting some conversation going on this topic!

Stay classy internet!