A-Z – Editing

Editing is important

Editing is important

Any writer knows that editing is just as important than writing! It is something that we need to do to knock our writing into shape. I don’t know you, but my first drafts are quite rough. As I tell the participants in my Young Writer’s Group, a first draft is meant to be bad… it’s the editing that turns it into something that readers will want to read.

When I write my first draft, I go through the following process (not always in this order): [Read more…]

ChaBooCha Lite – Wrap Up

Inspiration for the two books I'm currently editing

Inspiration for the two books I’m currently editing

It’s October 1, and that means ChaBooCha Lite is over for another year.

For this challenge, I decided to use it for editing. I am currently working on two new stories for the Green Oaks Primary School series and needed to get it done.

When I started, my goals were:

  • Edit my football themed story
  • Edit my Rubik’s Cube story
  • If time, write a new story

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ABC – Day 14 – Editing

Edit your book

Edit your book

Describe your editing process. Who edited/will edit your book? What was your relationship with your editor like? What could each of you have done to improve the process? What might you do differently in the future?

For my chapter books, my editing process seems to be pretty much the same. It looks something like this: [Read more…]

What makes the difference?

What's the difference?

What’s the difference?

A little while ago, I put the final edits on the second manuscript I’ve been working on as part of the Chapter Book Challenge this month. I haven’t been this productive on a book for quite a while, so I started thinking – what is the difference now?

September hasn’t been any less busy in my day job, dealing with kids, or anything else I normally deal with. If anything, this past week has been busier as I’ve been to a two day conference, and had a meeting for work on Tuesday afternoon. I am still getting the same amount of sleep as usual, and been getting to the gym.

What is the difference this month? This is what I’ve come up with so far: [Read more…]

Weekly Goals: 6 September

Weekly Goals

Weekly Goals

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a weekly goals post. My writing got pushed to the side for other commitments, but now I’m back.

September marks ChaBooCha Lite, and I’m using it to get my editing done. If there’s time, I also want to start on a new story, but the editing is my highest priority.

Last week, I finished the editing on the first of my two manuscripts. This week, I want to read through it one more time before I send it back to my editor. I’ve identified a couple of things that still need to be written, but the story is shaping up nicely. [Read more…]

What has Dr Who got to do with editing? #ChaBooCha



Yesterday was the start of ChaBooCha Lite. For those who are new to my blog, ChaBooCha stands for Chapter Book Challenge, a challenge in March where we write the first draft of a children’s novel in a month. ChaBooCha Lite is held in September and is a cut down version, though we still try to write or edit a draft in a month.

My goal is to edit two manuscripts and possibly write a new story. I’m aiming to have a crowdfunding campaign for the two manuscripts I’m editing in October, so I have to get my editing hat on, and this challenge is a great way to make sure it gets done. [Read more…]

Weekly Goals: 27 July

Weekly Goals

Weekly Goals

You may have seen my post the other day about needing motivation to get my manuscripts edited. After looking at different things, I’ve decided to do an experiment on my blog and post my goals for the coming week on a Sunday afternoon in the hope of being kept accountable, and get my manuscripts done!

If you’re feeling brave, you can join in and add your goals in the comments and we can all work together to achieve our goals. [Read more…]

Needing some editing motivation…

Need motivation to edit this book...

Need motivation to edit this book…

Please help! I have two stories for the Green Oaks Primary School series that are in need of editing, but I’m struggling to find the motivation.

I know what I need to do. The first has been through my editor and I have her comments. The second is in a much earlier stage, having just completed my first draft during Camp NaNoWriMo this month.

I have a plan for them, and deadlines, I’m just struggling with the motivation to get them edited, so I thought I’d reach out to my readers for their words of wisdom. [Read more…]

First round of edits is the hardest…

Snapshot of my edited manuscript

Snapshot of my edited manuscript

I’ve been busy editing book 2 in the Green Oaks Primary School series lately, and on the weekend I sent the latest draft to my editor for the first time. I have been through it about three times (it could be four, I didn’t keep track), but I knew it needed another pair of eyes to find areas for improvement. I got the manuscript back today and there are suggestions on just about every page. The picture is a snapshot of the corner of one of the pages.

I remember going through Swallow Me, NOW!, each round of edits had fewer comments than the last, and it was exciting to see the changes reducing through the process. [Read more…]

Don’t over think your word count

Don’t sweat the word count

Don’t sweat the word count

It’s November, and most of my writing friends are currently participating in NaNoWriMo. If you don’t know what that is, it’s National Novel Writing Month where participants are challenged to write 50,000 words on a month. I’ve recently seen posts from a number of children’s authors also worrying about word count on their first draft.

I know I’ve blogged about this before, but it seems to be an issue that comes up a lot, especially in November…

One of the things I’ve learned with first drafts is to just get it done, and don’t sweat about the word count. Your word count will change as your manuscript is edited. [Read more…]

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