If you have ever edited a manuscript before, then I’m sure you said, “that’s totally me!” the moment you saw the above picture.
Kris and I go to Barnes & Noble every Saturday morning. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been hand editing Detective Florence 2 and I have to admit that I have made that face quite a lot. I mean a lot.
I finished editing it, so now I have to type up the edits only to print that out and start all over again. As you type a new draft it’s almost like doing another edit. Not only are you reading the words in your head looking for mistakes, but you’re reading the words, writing them, and looking at them on page and on screen. When I say “look” at them, I mean you’re looking at the words at what they really are. You’re not looking for words that are misspelled or misplaced.
You know how people always say, “you’ll find it when you’re not looking for it?” I think editing kind of works that way.
As I type up my new draft, I start to realize… my edits need edits.