I love and hate re-reading my own work…. I love it because I am normally pleasantly surprised by what I have written but I hate it because I find I am never fully happy with it… I could have re-read the same section three times previously and been happy with it before, I will then read that section again later to read the whole story, making sure it flows, and I will once again find areas to change, add to or re-word.
Some of the best people to review your work in the first instance are friends and family. Those in the age groups you’re targeting and those outside. The ones in your target age group are the most important as they will inform you if that’s something they would read and why. Those outside the targeted area can focus more on the grammatical editing side. Together they help to make your story even better.
Obviously an expert editor is always the best option, due to their experience. However if you can’t afford that then ask your friends and family, if they enjoy it they may even buy a copy once your published.
I tend to edit as I write the story and edit once it’s complete. The reason I tend to edit it as I write it, is if there has been a little gap in writing I tend to re-read what I have written to get back into the flow of my story, as a result of this I find areas to improve.
Editing is one of the most important parts of writing the story. It polishes off your ideas, ensures they are sound and fit together correctly. It provides you with an opportunity to sit back and see your story from a readers perspective… What else do I need to know about this character? Why is that happening? What happened with this item/character? And I am sure many more. These questions help the author to fill in any missing gaps… As no reader likes a story with gaps and missing information.
I find the editing process exciting, it is the final step in having a completed story. It gives me a great sense of achievement to be editing a completed story, to sit back and say “it needs a bit of work still… But I wrote that”. It still fills me with a great sense of pride.
So my question to you is… Can you ever be fully 100% happy with something you have written?
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