A while back, I posted a call to all writers who wanted to share their editing tips, and my friend, Dena, volunteered. If you don’t already follow Dena’s blog, you’re missing a real treat. So without further ado, here’s Dena:
Please share one to three tips or tricks that you use when editing your work, how specifically you use them, and why they work for you.
My biggest tip is to read your work out loud to yourself or use a program that will read it to you. I downloaded a free text to speech program (if I was at home I could give you the name) and it helped tremendously despite the computer generated voice. It’s great for picking up on stilted dialogue or scenes that don’t transition smoothly.
What was your biggest repeated mistake when you first started writing? What is your weakest point of editing and why?
My biggest mistake was info dropping. I wanted to tell my reader everything and it was difficult to learn how to intersperse tidbits of information throughout the story instead of throwing it all out at once. My weakest point of editing? No questions about it, grammar structure. I hate commas! I either use them too often or not enough and they are never in the correct places. Grammar was never a strong subject for me. I’m better at math, but you don’t find a lot of math in romance novels unless you’re doing an “oops I’m pregnant” storyline and you have to add up the months since well … you know!
Have you used any editing methods previously that just didn’t work for you? If so, what were they and why didn’t they work?
I edit as I go. Meaning, when I sit down to write each day I look over what I wrote the previous day before moving forward. Sometimes this does slow down the process, but I’ve tried not looking back and keep pushing forward and it didn’t work. Because not only am I editing it, it’s also a quick refresher of the place I’m at in the story.
Please tell us something about your current work in progress or your most recent completed work (or both), and tell us where we can purchase your book(s).
My debut novel, Drive Me Sane, released last year. It’s a second chance romance of a feisty female veteran and an up and coming country music star who find themselves facing their past while trying to deal with problems plaguing their future. You can find it on Amazon at http://amzn.com/B012E7RHOS
My current work is tentatively titled, When Love Goes South. I’m actually very close to having this finished. A contemporary romance with characters who are a little older and who have dealt with things in life like death of loved ones, divorce and loss of friendships, I think it’s a story that almost anyone can relate to. It’s also a little more spicier than I’ve written before with characters who are flirty and fun.
If you have any other news to share with us, please feel free to do so now.
Amazon recently acquired the digital rights to Drive Me Sane, so I’m happy to announce it will be re-releasing with Amazon’s encore program on August 4th. It has a slightly different cover and a new price (it’s cheaper and this makes me all kinds of happy!). Print copies are still available through other online retailers.
Thanks, Dena, for such awesome tips! Now, who’s up next? If you’re game, please contact me at: