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hypocritYippers, you’ve found one of those unpublished writer’s blogs.  Just like everyone else I’m working on a WIP.  Maybe I’m getting close, and posting stuff on Scribophile.

I’ve written about my learning journey, but who wants to read what I have to say?  We should all follow Rowling or King.  Some other good ones are  Kristen, the ladies in New HampshireWriter Unboxed, Blake Snyder’s old Save The Cat, nano fiction with Rochelle, and my favorite New Zealander.

I also wrote short stories but found out posting them means using my first publishing rights, so I kinda stopped for a while.

Please feel free to read more about me, or contact me.

My WIP’s Fourth Revision – Editing (7)

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My WIP’s Fourth Revision

Eliminating Common Words

I edited adverbs words.

go to leekah 1I will continue to use a discarded scene from my First Draft as an example for editing.  A prior post includes the original text alongside edits of the verb BE, one with edits to filters, another editing adverbs, plus this one  This time I will start with the edited version and then look at common words.  The difference is that I edited out no common words.

Exciting?

Nope.

Common Words

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My WIP’s Fourth Revision – Editing (6)

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My WIP’s Fourth Revision

Eliminating Adverbs

I edited filter words.

go to leekah 1I will continue to use a discarded scene from my First Draft as an example for editing.  A prior post includes the original text alongside edits of the verb BE, as well as another one with edits to filters.  This time I will start with the edited version and then look at adverbs.  On one side will be where I started from, and the other side will be how it turned out.

Exciting?

Nope.

Adverbs

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My WIP’s Fourth Revision – Editing (5)

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My WIP’s Fourth Revision

Eliminating Filters

I edited the verb BE.

go to leekah 1I will continue to use a discarded scene from my First Draft as an example for editing.  A prior post on the verb BE includes the original text alongside the edited text.  This time I will start with the edited version and then look at filters.  On one side will be where I started from, and the other side will be how it turned out.

Exciting?

Nope.

Filtering

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My WIP’s Fourth Revision – Editing (4)

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My WIP’s Fourth Revision

Eliminating The Verb BE

I used some tools to help me edit.

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For the rest of these posts on editing I’m going to use a discarded scene from my First Draft.  I wrote it well over two years ago and, until I started putting this post together, hadn’t given it the time of day.  Further down I will show two versions of the scene, side by side.  On one side will be where I started from, and the other side will be how it turned out.

Exciting?

Nope.

The Verb, BE

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My WIP’s Fourth Revision – Editing (3)

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My WIP’s Fourth Revision

Sorting Words

I discovered the power of listening to a computer read my scene to me.

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I’d meant to write about editing as I went, but I got so caught up in what I was doing that I didn’t have much energy for this.  But, I’m finished with this round of editing so I will get caught up.

I was going to plunge into what I did, and I even started a post, then realized I’d spent a lot of time describing a couple of tools.  So I decided to just write about them this time.  Maybe next time I will describe what techniques I used. Continue reading

My WIP’s Fourth Revision – Editing (2)

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My WIP’s Fourth Revision

Editing – Doing It By Ear

I moved from revising to editing.

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How do we know if our writing is any good?

Think about that.

Walk into your library, walk down the shelf and pull books down at random.  Read through them.

Is it hard to tell if you think you’ll like them?  Nope.

So why is it so darned hard to do that with our own stuff?

Our Secret Weapon – The Ear
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