I've never been much for following good ol' Ernie's advice, but sometimes when I look back at what I've written, I wonder if perhaps I was drunk.
How else can you explain the split prepositions, run-on sentences and the wrong uses of their and there? (I know. I did college, and my newspaper editing classes apparently didn't stick.)
Those those are just the grammatical issues. I haven't even gotten into the part where I give the same character three different eye colors, and not because he has some crazy super power or genetic order that causes the change. No, it all comes down to sheer stupidity.
I suppose that's why we self-edit as writers. This process enables us to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves by publishing a story with words like "gooder" or a million appearances of "that." There's not an Amazon reviewer nice enough to overlook these glaring issues.
Self-editing also happens to be the theme of tonight's Chick Lit Chat. We'll swap tips for best practices, cover common issues and maybe even share an editing horror story or two.
Here are some links with tips to give you some more background research before tonight's discussion:
- Editing Checklist
- Even more Editing Checklists
- Author Jody Hedlund's Tips
- Tips from Rainy of the Dark
- Absolute Write's Take
Chick Lit Chat starts at 8 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. CDT. Join the conversation on Twitter using #chicklitchat. I'll be your host.
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