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PostSubject: Another twist to editing   Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:30 pm

I just read something that I think makes sense.

"The secret to editing your work is simple:
You need to become its Reader instead of its writer."

Brenda.  Do you agree with that?
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PostSubject: Re: Another twist to editing   Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:14 am

Sounds good, Abe, but that doesn't work for me. I'm too much of an editor to change hats and become a reader, especially when I've already been over the material so often that I have it memorized.

What does work for me is to set the manuscript aside a few days, even weeks, and work on something else. Then when I go back to the pages, I spot things I hadn't been able to see before. The longer I can set it aside, the fresher my eyes are when reading.

Sometimes I'm happy with what I wrote, other times it's, "What in the world was I thinking?"

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PostSubject: Re: Another twist to editing   Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:21 pm

Brenda Hill, Admin wrote:
Sounds good, Abe, but that doesn't work for me. I'm too much of an editor to change hats and become a reader, especially when I've already been over the material so often that I have it memorized.

What does work for me is to set the manuscript aside a few days, even weeks, and work on something else. Then when I go back to the pages, I spot things I hadn't been able to see before. The longer I can set it aside, the fresher my eyes are when reading.

Sometimes I'm happy with what I wrote, other times it's, "What in the world was I thinking?"

I agree Brenda...I too have to put my work aside for a time before reading it. The old saying holds true..."All the hard work comes after the story is written." I always have the, "What the hell does that mean?"
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