Dear Christian Indie,
This week, we have a tip for new authors; “spend some time self-editing.”
Why? You might ask.
Well, dear Indie, there is an old saying that goes, “great books are not written, they are edited.” Even more recently, best selling author Neil Gaiman has advised, “write down everything that happens in the story, and then in your second draft make it look like you knew what you were doing all along.”
So, as a new writer, who has not yet finished a manuscript, you might be thinking, “that sounds easy!”
And you’d be Wrong!
I mean, if you’re like most writers, that is.
Okay, if you’re like ME!
After all, you likely don’t understand how much that manuscript is a part of you – I mean, me.
It’s something created without the help or input of any other creature. Of course, it is perfect just the way it is!
…when I hold my precious first draft up against the work of the “masters” of my craft, I invariably see the piece is still missing something – even the nature of that “peculiar something” is still a mystery to me.
Where does one even begin the self-editing process in such an instance?
We’ll talk about the solution to this dilemma on this week’s podcast!
Tune in for one of our essential tips for writers; a study in the beginning-beginners guide to editing for the absolutely clueless! We’ll tell you our particular blend of herbs and spices – what each of us does before we send our book off for the “pros” to work on – so that you can create your own “secret sauce,” a key ingredient to a cooking up cleaner copy!
You’ll save lots of cheddar when it comes time to fork it over for editing services!
Man, now I want a burger! Off to flip one! See you next week!