Thursday, December 19, 2013
Editing your manuscript: Read it backwards
Now, the fun begins! Having finished my first draft of Mind Over All and done the first read-through and edit on the computer, I am now editing the document by printing it out and reading it backwards, one sentence at a time, from last sentence to first. Why would anyone edit a document that way?
* It separates the sentence from the plot, so that your brain is less likely to fill in missing words, skip bad grammar, etc., because it's focused on the story.
* It lest you analyze each sentence for clarity and beauty.
* It makes repeated words and bad habits stand out.
* It stops you from scanning or skipping over parts you know too well.
I'm about 20 pages into my backwards manuscript edit of Mind Over All, and I've already made about 200 changes. Give it a try sometime. It takes a lot of time, but the end result is worth it!