Why else would I wake at 5am on a Saturday? Editing in peace and quiet before the zombies wake motivates my early morning efforts. Try editing (or writing) with a full house. I always thought the interruptions of taking my teens to school, practices and games was hindering my process of cleaning up my manuscript. Now, I feel those breaks actually help my editing. It gives my brain time to catch up and fill in those plot holes, fix the awkward sentences and use the precise word I was searching for. How do you edit best?
Now, I bet you are wondering why I have Edgar Allan Poe in the title of this post. It's a mystery. Yes, he is a writer of suspense and mystery, but I was referring to my new upper middle-grade novel I'm editing. The first mystery I ever penned was in seventh grade. My boring history teacher rambled on an on about something historical. I couldn't afford another detention, so I had to resemble a student paying attention. I pretended to take notes while I wrote a series of suspenseful stories. Switch to present day. The focus of my editing this morning is a contemporary novel commencing in a graveyard on a very important date in the life of the late author Edgar Allan Poe.
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