Friday, 21 June 2013 11:09
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I had fun going through the first edit of my most-recently finished book... The original story was written many years ago, and I decided to expand it into a more novel-shaped novel. It went from 28,000 words to about 88,000. (The shortest book I've ever done—so far.) I'll need to go through it again, of course. Editing is almost never complete, it seems... Editing is well more than half the work of writing something that you feel is worthwhile, that you feel proud of—even later.

One of the ways I edit stories is to put them on my Kindle. I've always been able to catch more typos and errors reading the document in another manner, either through the web browser or printed out (not recommended—waste of paper and toner). It's been a joy to have a Kindle. It enables me to do this, though it is time-consuming to highlight every mistake or make a note... and a little discouraging, too, if I have two or three errors on one page. I've just put another finished manuscript on the Kindle, whose opening chapter I've rewritten twice... I'll start the editing process on there soon...

I'd really like to start writing another book, before my life gets thrown into a new havoc. (Things have a tendency to converge on you all at once.) But I don't know what idea I'd like to dive into next.... It's not commonly up to me. I'm usually picked by the story to be its author, not the other way around.
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