On Editing

The last few weeks I have been busy editing my two short story books that will be coming out soon. News Worthy and Dark Fates. I didn’t realize editing these short stories were going to take as long as they have… and I’m not done yet! Of course, just the thought of editing makes me want to nap. And I often do. I love writing-editing not so much:( But I also cant wait until they are up. Writing these short stories has been lots of fun!

The pros and cons of editing:

I’ve had not had the best of luck with editors- I know they are only human- they make mistakes too. And I have heard about those mistakes. Thank Goodness via email, but it has effected my reviews also. Edit yourself? Find an editor? I can’t answer those questions. I honestly think a writer should be able to trust their editor to get it right! Me -once bitten, twice shy or is that twice bitten, three times shy? Which ever it is, right now I’m on my own…

Past Tense -vs- Present Tense Argh!!

Spelling– watch this– sometimes spell check will put in a different word or it doesn’t pick up your misspelling!

Grammar– Whew!!

Missing Words– I’m not sure if anyone else has this problem, but I read a lot and automatically skip words as I read… as, the, that, it, is, it’s, etc.. Apparently I also do when I’m writing and so do editors sometimes:) (I’ve read many Best Selling Novels that miss words, misspell and confuse sentences.)

Repetitiveness– Need I say more.

Cliches
Sticky Sentences
The list goes on and on… And can be overwhelming…

I have found a free editing software here that does help http://prowritingaid.com/Free-Editing-Software.aspx

Happy Writing and Editing:)

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: www.Lynnthompsonbooks.com Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlakeAMontanaDaytonNovel Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/lynnthompsonbooks

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