Monday, 9 June 2014
The Editing Process
Now that my chapter book is complete, I have been editing it for the past week. While I enjoy the research and writing process, I also enjoy the editing process. I take delight in finding "le mot juste", a French expression which means "the appropriate word". I enjoy double checking historical facts. I tend to write in the passive voice. Editing gives me the chance to turn passive verbs into active ones. I look for opportunities to use the five senses to bring the reader into the scene. Apparently smell, more than any other sense, jogs the memory. I add dialogue to move the story forward or to show conflict. I make sure that characters with accents sound consistent. I double check each chapter to see if the central theme is evident. I make sure that I stay true to my point of view (in this case, the main character's). I re-organize the paragraphs, often cutting one big paragraph into two smaller ones. I look at sentence length, making sure I've included both long, medium and short ones. Finally, with a sigh, I save my work and submit my document. Happy Editing!