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message 1: by Ellen (new)

Ellen | 870 comments I get excited about the idea of editing my story while I'm still writing it (I have no idea why, so don't ask). And then, when the time comes to edit it, I find it's the most horrible thing ever! But, maybe that's just me.


message 2: by Jayda (new)

Jayda | 2761 comments Oh my gosh, I totally hate revision and editing.

I recommend taking a few weeks to a month off from the story, just to become refreshed. Maybe focus on reading, or starting up a new book. Then after that time period go back and start reading it from a critical point of view.

The first time for me, I usually only catch typos and weird phrasing. The second time through I try to really get rid of unnecessary things and rewording stuff to make it shorter.

Once you've done that, ask people for help. Those who you don't mind sharing your stuff with but have a good critical eye. Preferably get people who will rip your stuff to shreds. That way you have the best constructive criticism there is.

Decide what edits of theirs you want to keep and once you've finished that maybe go through it once more on your own.

At least, that's how I'll be doing things with revision and editing for Rebel :) Haha.


♫♥Selena♥♫ (wertyiu102) | 338 comments YUes. VERY EXCELLENT!!!


message 4: by Jayda (new)

Jayda | 2761 comments Aw, thanks! :D


message 5: by Laura (new)

Laura  | 911 comments I can't edit my own work, only my friends.


message 6: by Summer (new)

Summer | 193 comments I.... Can't.... do... it. I hate revision. I try. I really do. But then... epic fail.


message 7: by Laura (new)

Laura  | 911 comments Revision. Blah. XP

Editing. HURRAY FOR EDITING!!!! :D


message 8: by Kim (new)

Kim Crowley (kimcrow) | 1893 comments tehe

im editing my NaNo09 finally
im already on about the 6th chapter of my first edit
im changing all the names ((i used real people when i was writing to make it easier)) and putting it into a proper book format for my first edit
for my second edit, im going to delete loads of stuff
for my 3rd edit, im basically going to re-write and add loads of bits
basically i want to re-write it all before june so i can get my free copy :L


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

I don't like revising at all.. I like writing better than reading and fixing what I already wrote.. I do it anyways every couple of chapters.. But if I put it off then I have to revise a lot which I highly dislike..


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

♥ Dayna ♫ wrote: "Call me crazy, but I sort of like editing and revising :D"

It drives me crazy..


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Ugh. I'm editing and revising MTSF as I type it, and I'm going insane. I also have to change 'Falling Skies' to 'Oddity', wich is making me want to eat someone's face.


message 12: by Hannah (last edited Feb 27, 2010 04:51PM) (new)

Hannah | 954 comments My opinion: Editing is a pain... D:


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

In the buttocks.


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

It's okay to start over before you finish. It's better to get it right.


message 15: by Kriss (new)

Kriss (krisslee) | 5015 comments Mod
Hmm... I'm going to have to be doing some of this soon. Yummy.


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

Marie wrote: "Okay that's good... why do they say not to though?"

*shrugs* I don't know. The world is full of morons, remember that.


message 17: by Ellen (new)

Ellen | 870 comments Kriss wrote: "Hmm... I'm going to have to be doing some of this soon. Yummy."

Like off cheese.

:D


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

hmmm... editing can be annoying ot extremely helpful. Or both. I think it just depends.


message 19: by Kim (new)

Kim Crowley (kimcrow) | 1893 comments Poema Poematis wrote: "What is the book format?"

With the indents and stuff
when i write quickly, i just put everything in paragraphs rather than the whole indents like proper books


message 20: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 10, 2010 08:19PM) (new)

An indent looks like this.


And then it goes over here )_o

Haha! It's missing an eye!

Dang it! I was trying to show you an indent! But Goodreads Won't let me! GAr!


message 21: by Kriss (new)

Kriss (krisslee) | 5015 comments Mod
What are the indents, hon. Sorry... Sometimes impropper grammer just gets to me, xD


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

*grumbling about how GR doesn't allow indentation*


message 23: by Kriss (new)

Kriss (krisslee) | 5015 comments Mod
Meh. I've got to do so much of this editing >.> I'm not having fun so far. Damn.


message 24: by Ellen (new)

Ellen | 870 comments You mean with the Seventh Dimension, Kriss? Yeah, 170k is a lot to edit. But it'll be worth it :D


message 25: by Kriss (new)

Kriss (krisslee) | 5015 comments Mod
Yeah... >.> Too much to edit, xD I hope so.


message 26: by Ellen (new)

Ellen | 870 comments Haha. Ah, I can't imagine writig 170k words in one novel let alone having to edit it! :/ Yeah, me too, for your sake. Lol.


message 27: by Kriss (new)

Kriss (krisslee) | 5015 comments Mod
Indeed. Of course editing is easier than writing, the way I see it... It's just a pain, haha. Thank you, lol :P


message 28: by Ellen (new)

Ellen | 870 comments Really? Hmm... I'm not sure. In some ways, I agree, and in other ways I don't. Because writing can be a pain and you don't know how to write scenes and such and then in other times it flows and is easy. But editing can be a pain and give you a headache at just the thought... but the idea seems easy. Kind of. Lol. If you don't get that, that's okay, 'cause I don't think I do.

Haha. That's okay.


Elliott Alicia  | 22636 comments Mod
I just revise randomly. I have such a weird system of writing. Usually I start out on paper. Then I restart and restart and restart. Then I take all the versions and pick my favorite parts of each and start typing. And now I'm pretty much typing only.


message 30: by Ellen (new)

Ellen | 870 comments Lately, I've been writing on paper and then when I type it up on the computer I use that as a sort of editing. But then I'll have to go and edit the story as a whole when it's finished.

Sigh.

The idea of editing is scary.


message 31: by Mandy (new)

Mandy  Harmon (mandyharmon) | 10724 comments The Casstastic Cassie wrote: "*grumbling about how GR doesn't allow indentation*"

Yeah, that is annoying that it doesn't.


message 32: by Mandy (new)

Mandy  Harmon (mandyharmon) | 10724 comments Ellen ♥ wrote: "Lately, I've been writing on paper and then when I type it up on the computer I use that as a sort of editing. But then I'll have to go and edit the story as a whole when it's finished.

Sigh.
..."


I personally like editing myself. Other people's stories, that is. Not mine. Ha!


message 33: by Isaac (new)

Isaac | 8014 comments Mandy wrote: "Ellen ♥ wrote: "Lately, I've been writing on paper and then when I type it up on the computer I use that as a sort of editing. But then I'll have to go and edit the story as a whole when it's finis..."

Yes, I totally agree.


message 34: by kero (new)

kero editing is blah. I HATE IT


Jordan, The Picture Magician (aka Probie) (thepicturemagicianakaprobie) | 2218 comments i agree. i hate editing.


message 36: by Isaac (new)

Isaac | 8014 comments Jordan wrote: "i agree. i hate editing."

Only when it's your own thing. And it makes it hard when your own thing is at a minimum of fifteen pages. XD


Elliott Alicia  | 22636 comments Mod
I like editing my own stuff. Not so much other people's stuff. I'd rather just enjoy reading it.


message 38: by Isaac (new)

Isaac | 8014 comments I hide all my stuff, and then go Ninja on other people's stuff.


Elliott Alicia  | 22636 comments Mod
*cough* Pirate.


message 40: by Isaac (new)

Isaac | 8014 comments No. Ninja.


Elliott Alicia  | 22636 comments Mod
Pirates are better editors.


message 43: by Isaac (new)

Isaac | 8014 comments They can't even read.


Elliott Alicia  | 22636 comments Mod
That's not true! I'm a pirate and I'm an avid reader!


Jordan, The Picture Magician (aka Probie) (thepicturemagicianakaprobie) | 2218 comments pirates are NOT better than ninjas. case closed.


message 46: by Mandy (new)

Mandy  Harmon (mandyharmon) | 10724 comments Peoples, this discussion is about Revision and Editing. Not Ninja's vs. Pirates.

SO SHUSH UP!!


message 47: by Isaac (new)

Isaac | 8014 comments Jordan wrote: "pirates are NOT better than ninjas. case closed."

Yes it is. But I didn't get to say,

"THIS IS SPARTA!!!"

They have ninjas, pirates, nerds, the Dark Side, and they need Spartans.


Jordan, The Picture Magician (aka Probie) (thepicturemagicianakaprobie) | 2218 comments SPARTANS! This is madness!


message 49: by Isaac (last edited Jul 15, 2010 08:40AM) (new)

Isaac | 8014 comments No. THIS IS SPARTA! *kicks into giant hole*


Elliott Alicia  | 22636 comments Mod
I like how we got on the topic of Pirates/ Ninjas. I edit like a Ninja. NINJA! Pirates are better editors... Good times, good times.
(But Pirates are still better.)


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