Today, we have the first of three weeks of guest posts! As I mentioned before, my lil' baby due any day, so these gracious writers have provided material to keep this blog occupied (Pixar films and his Nana are keeping the big brother occupied ;). I'll probably buzz in to say if it's a boy or a girl and all that jazz ;) I hope you enjoy getting to know these folks and will check out their blogs too.
Misha Gericke is a South African writing buddy. She has been creating and telling stories before she could write. When she hit the teen years, writing became an all-consuming addiction that she has no intention of kicking. Her current goal (among others!) is to have all edits and revision done on her YA fantasy, Doorways, finished by the end of June 2012; You can find her at her blog, on twitter, linkedin and google plus. Thanks, Misha, for another great guest post!
The Importance of Doing a Fast Edit
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Apparently a real fear seems to live in the writing blogosphere that editing too fast will result in mistakes.
And it will.
You can’t see small mistakes if you fly over the pages. That makes sense.
However, that does not mean that we should restrain ourselves to a slow pace.
In fact, a few days ago, I spotted a glaring structure problem in my story because of the fact that I got sucked into the story so much that I couldn’t help but rush through my work.
How did it happen? How did I miss it through three rounds of edits?
Well, I kept myself at a much slower clip, adding things to introduce thoughts and problems earlier and so on. I’d send my edits to my crit partners part by part, so by the time they got to a specific chapter three or four sections later, they wouldn’t pick up that it was redundant. After all, they’d read that little titbit weeks ago.
Same with me. I’d actually edit that chapter and improve it, not knowing that it actually required a major overhaul.
A fast edit helped me to catch the problem before I had to send the manuscript out to beta readers.
So from now on, I’ll definitely recommend that writers do at least one zinger of an edit round so that they can spot any of those problems. Maybe just before you think the book is ready to go out?
What do you think? Have you ever found yourself editing at an incredibly fast rate (I did about 100 pages that day)? Did you spot any errors that you might have missed otherwise?