It’s really fun to be editing a proof copy of the last installment of my trilogy, don’t get me wrong! I wrote yesterday about how beneficial I find it to go through my novels on paper as well as on the screen, and it’s definitely just that: beneficial. Helpful. Positive.
The only thing, I generally find my impatience and my perfectionism get in the way.
Most of the time, when I decide to mark a small change, such as in punctuation or a typo to fix, I’m fine. If I decide I can cut a snippet of dialogue attribution, or say, a short paragraph in it’s entirety, it’s great. I just draw a line through.
But when a bigger change is involved–one substantial enough that I can’t really “fix it” on the printed page, just mark a general note of the edit to be made–I find that I get really antsy. I want to make the fix now. If it’s going to be an odd one, or take a while, or be difficult, I want to get it out of the way and under my belt. So I stop my reading/marking procedure to go to the doc on the computer and make the edit.
I drive myself nuts with the back and forth! Sometimes I forget where I am in the print version, and which changes I’ve corrected on the computer and which I haven’t yet. It can be a disaster that way.
So, I’m determined not to do that this time. DETERMINED. I need to be more focused. Steadier. Quicker. I need to get a release date in line! So I’ve come up with this strategy
- I’ll set chapter breaks: as in, mark up a chapter, then transmit the changes to the computer file. And except for each chapter interval, when I’m allowed to go make changes, the computer file is off limits to me.
- I might use two colored pens in the book: red to mark changes I need to make, and then a different color to verify that the changes have been made on the computer once I make them. This will save me a lot of double-checking!
Hopefully this will help with both time management and my sanity. I need to get more organized in pretty much every aspect of my life. Why not start here? I can’t wait to see how it goes: OR to finally decide on a release date for “The King’s Sons”
SUDDEN STROKE OF GENIUS: I’ll set myself a deadline to announce a deadline. Okay, here goes: make sure to stop by on April 1st to learn the release date! And for the cover reveal. It won’t be any April’s fools, I promise! 🙂