Editing Update: Oy vey.

proofreading english document

Editing my paranormal romance, Earthbound, has proven a little bit trickier than I expected.
 
I opened the document and decided to look at the summary of changes. Track changes said there had been over 3,500 changes made to the document. Yikes!
 
Apparently it counts every single little key stroke or something.
 
I went to review it but found that I couldn’t really follow the little light gray cursor as it jumped from change to change so I decided to print out a copy and review it that way then make the changes needed.
 
Big mistake, I added a lot of work for myself. Next time I’m going to play with screen resolution, brightness, and color saturation until I can see that darned cursor.
 
Finally, I got into the meat of reviewing and editing. I never realized how much I overused simple words like “that” and “but.”
 
Then there’s the phrases that I overuse, like “eyes narrowed” and “took a deep breath,” not to mention all the smiling and nodding that went on.
 
Oy vey. However, this too shall pass and I will have a completed book.
 
Onward!

2 Comments

  1. Michael Domenic said,

    August 19, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    I worked as a line editor professionally for 7 years and can assure you–everyone has patterns of word use that are ingrained in them to the point where they don’t see them. Even editors.

    And sometimes those patterns escape scrutiny and make it into the wild. I was reading Jim Butcher’s Storm Front recently and noticed he used the same expression 15 times toward the end of the book.

    Many people probably didn’t notice. (Clearly it didn’t affect sales.) But given the choice, I suspect most authors would prefer to be made aware of it prior to publication. So it’s awesome that your editor noticed things and brought them to your attention.

    And now that you’re aware of them, you’ll evolve as a writer and break those patterns, and your next manuscripts won’t be as edit heavy as a result. 🙂

    • melorajohnson said,

      August 21, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      Ha! You assume my brain will hold on to such information. 🙂 I did purchase a lifetime subscription to Grarmmarly so I can catch SOME of those things on my own.


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