At last, I have finally taken my novel from Scrivener on my Netbook  and transferred it to a word document on my laptop. I then backed it up onto a USB stick and all I need to do now is edit the whole thing!

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  The picture left is where I wrote most of my book. My lovely Oak (think it’s Oak anyway)         dressing table. We do have a spare room set up with a large desk, chair, shelving, table top computer and printer which sounds perfect. Unfortunately, although I’m not the tidiest person in the world, I cannot seem to write surrounded by a mess and as I share this room  with my other half, there is far too much stuff in there for me to be able to concentrate. Is it just me?

 Anyway, I digress, so I am now starting to edit my first draft and wasn’t sure where to start. I imagine editing is as personal a thing as your book itself. We all have different ways of working; so here’s how I have decided to go about it.

1. Print off a hard copy – I used economical fast printing

– and read through whole thing to check for any discrepancies in the storyline.

– check grammar and sentence structure.

2. Amend computer text in line with edited hard copy.

3. Get final draft proofread by someone.

I realise that it would probably be more efficient to do the first edit on the computer, but I love to sit in a cafe with my red pen and edit to my heart’s content.

I am sure there are some things I have missed, so do let me know how you deal with the editing process. All suggestions welcome.

3 Comments on “EDITING MY NOVEL”

  1. When I’d finished the third or fourth edit of my novel someone in the publishing biz suggested I read it from back to front as I tended to get wrapped up in reading the story instead of editing. This way you’re reading isolated sentences or paragraphs and you’re not getting into the flow of the story-line. I did find a couple of minor errors this way but it’s really difficult to get the hang of it.


    • That’s a good idea, I’ll give it a go. I must admit as it has been a while since I wrote the first half of the book, I have got a little caught up in the story. This means I still like the story but of course may detract from editing. I will give it a go and let you know how I get on.


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