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Writing GarbageI’ve decided I’m going to analyze my writing week (every week) and share the motto that best fits what I experienced.

This week, editing was a primary focus. Not because I was busy with editing clients, but because one of my novels had an editor I wasn’t happy with, and it finally caught up to me.

I got a review on Amazon saying the book was enjoyable, but it had editing errors. And while I hated hearing that, I agreed. I’ve always felt that way. But it’s not a self-published book, so I was at the mercy of my editor (who is no longer with my publisher, so that’s a relief).

The moral of the story?

I’m an editor. My clients tell me I’m a darn good one. I’ve got both the degrees and the experience (I’ve been editing for years) to back up that claim.

But I cannot (and I can’t stress this enough), absolutely CANNOT, edit my own work. And I doubt many people can self-edit.

So please, take the time to polish and revise and rewrite until you’re satisfied with your work. Only then should you send it—your very best effort—to an editor. (Hopefully to a qualified, talented editor.) That’s the only way you can guarantee your work will shine.


Writing Links

Organized links. Get it?

Okay. Enough said about that. I had another busy week. But what else is new, right? Here are the links to this week’s sites/posts I made or am affiliated with. I hope you find something useful.

  • Monday, Harmony Kent discussed harvesting and cultivating ideas when writing. You can read that Story Empire post by clicking here.
  • Tuesday, I posted some details about the Medici Protectorate series. You can find those updates here.
  • Wednesday, Joan Hall wrote about attracting fans. Find her thoughts at the Story Empire site by clicking here.
  • Thursday, K. E. Lane continued her series on writing better manuscripts. Read her AIW Press post by clicking here.
  • Friday, today, in addition to my summary here, you can find a list of writing industry links over at Story Empire. You can access the curated content by clicking here. (I highly encourage you to check out this post. There are some really helpful articles assembled for you.)

Wishing you a happy and relaxing weekend!

Staci

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