What Happens to an Author When She Finishes Editing?

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  1. I actually remembered you yesterday, when I opened a box where I keep a lot of short stories that are years old. I left them there because I thought, back when I wrote them, that they were not good enough to send to any contest, but guess what? I like them a lot better now. So I'm taking that red pen and I'm going to be brutally honest with myself, because, basically, I have nothing to lose! I had even forgotten they were there, so I don't feel like I'm defacing my little ones.

    Good luck with your project!

  2. I actually remembered you yesterday, when I opened a box where I keep a lot of short stories that are years old. I left them there because I thought, back when I wrote them, that they were not good enough to send to any contest, but guess what? I like them a lot better now. So I’m taking that red pen and I’m going to be brutally honest with myself, because, basically, I have nothing to lose! I had even forgotten they were there, so I don’t feel like I’m defacing my little ones.
    Good luck with your project!

  3. You have no idea how glad that makes me. See, it's a good thing to leave your writing alone for a while! I hope you post a couple and let us know where they are so we can see what you've done.

  4. You have no idea how glad that makes me. See, it’s a good thing to leave your writing alone for a while! I hope you post a couple and let us know where they are so we can see what you’ve done.

  5. I had no idea that was why you were writing in present tense; that makes sense now. :) I'll look forward to seeing the occasional snippet in past, if you'll be posting any.

  6. I had no idea that was why you were writing in present tense; that makes sense now. :) I’ll look forward to seeing the occasional snippet in past, if you’ll be posting any.

  7. So there is a method to my madness! I hope to post comparisons sometime in the near future as I transcribe from present to past tense.

  8. So there is a method to my madness! I hope to post comparisons sometime in the near future as I transcribe from present to past tense.

  9. hehe yes, I'm convinced you're insane. :P But that just makes you a "real writer" Welcome to the club. ;)

  10. hehe yes, I’m convinced you’re insane. :P But that just makes you a “real writer” Welcome to the club. ;)

  11. You are not the first, by far. My dedication to my craft is borderline obsession sometimes. But I can already tell the difference. I started transcribing to past tense and everything is much tighter this time around, so it's paying off!

  12. You are not the first, by far. My dedication to my craft is borderline obsession sometimes. But I can already tell the difference. I started transcribing to past tense and everything is much tighter this time around, so it’s paying off!

  13. You retype the entire manuscript? That sounds like a huge investment of time…

    Maybe the past to present switch makes that easier, but I would think that just working with the electronic file and editing on screen (without retyping the good words) would be faster.

    Either way… congrats on being done with a draft and hitting actual revisions.

  14. You retype the entire manuscript? That sounds like a huge investment of time…
    Maybe the past to present switch makes that easier, but I would think that just working with the electronic file and editing on screen (without retyping the good words) would be faster.
    Either way… congrats on being done with a draft and hitting actual revisions.

  15. Haha, this is not a normal thing at all, Word Nerd. I usually throw all my edits into an existing document on the screen. But this time, my edits require a new document. Both because I’m switching from present to past, and because there are extensive changes to the scenes/pages/chapters, some of which I’ve taken out completely.

    Plus, I’m a really fast typer. I’ve already retyped chapters 1-3.

  16. Haha, this is not a normal thing at all, Word Nerd. I usually throw all my edits into an existing document on the screen. But this time, my edits require a new document. Both because I’m switching from present to past, and because there are extensive changes to the scenes/pages/chapters, some of which I’ve taken out completely.

    Plus, I’m a really fast typer. I’ve already retyped chapters 1-3.

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