“Good writing is all about great editing. If there are writers who consistently put out publishable first drafts, I don’t know them. Every really good writer I know understands that the name of the game is editing.”
Earlier this week, we discussed how writing really is revision – it is so important! I would argue that most of my best writing cranks out of revising my work.
Today, I wanted to talk about the beauty of editing. Life Rich Publishing describes the editing process, which consists of checking for repetition, ensuring clarity, and fixing any grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors (The 5-Step Writing Process, Life Rich Publishing).
Life Rich also recommends that writers hire an editor or use the editing services available through their site (you can find some of their writing resources here: http://www.liferichpublishing.com/AuthorResources/).
While I am absolutely confident that Life Rich is a great company, I wanted some proof from someone who knows the game and plays it well. That’s where Shauna comes in. Back in 2013, she published a blog post on what the editing process is like – what she loves about it and how effective and useful that process really is. You can read more about her thoughts here. I read the post, and her lasting piece of advice for me was to “do the heavy lifting.”
That means doing the hard work to make your book phenomenal. It means cutting, moving, and removing. It means rearranging. And it means putting in a lotttt of work. But the companies and the professionals really say it’s worth it! I definitely think it’s worth it if they think so 🙂
So happy editing! I know it’s not fun, but the payoff will be worth it when we hold our very own book in our very own hands.
Please let me know your comments and questions below! Thanks for reading!