Editing Hell

Wow, I haven't done much with the blog lately.

Truth is, I just finished the draft for a project and have moved into the editing phase. I used to love this part of writing, but the love is quickly fading.

For some reason, I am still finding little grammatical, spelling, and syntax errors on the third go-round. And another thing. Isn't the word count supposed to go down as one edits? I've somehow gained two thousand words through my edits.

The one good thing that has come of this process so far though, is that I've already begun to develop the sequel to my "still unpublished" project, and I think it's going to be a doozy! Heck, for that matter, I've already come up with a title. I am thinking I will call the next (sequel) story: A DEMON AMONG WOLVES.


  1. Here are some blogs on editing:

    1) http://lynnettelabelle.blogspot.com/2010/09/editors-self-editing-tricks.html

    2) http://kierahjane.blogspot.com/2010/09/muscle-memory.html

    3) http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1870017/a_breathing_test_to_tighten_up_your.html?cat=24

    4) http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.com/2010/09/writing-and-revising-in-layers.html

    Hope the help.

  2. My word count went down. (Once my publisher's editor got a hold of it, the count dropped even more.)
    I'm probably not the best source of editing advice though, so I'd follow-up on those links Clarissa posted.

  3. Sometimes my word count goes *radically* up as I edit...and it's usually not bloat, either. Is it a great subplot, etc? I'd look and see if your word count might still be okay and keep it in. Now I underwrite my first drafts so I can add in the good stuff during edits. :)

  4. How about " A Demon in Wolf's Clothing"....lol?


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