Saturday, April 5, 2014

E is for Editing and Edgar Allan Poe

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.

#atozchallenge #amwriting #amediting 

8 comments:

  1. Nice posts thus far. Cheers and happy writing/editing!

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  2. Hi Jennifer! New follower here. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have a tomb two inches thick of Poe's work--he's one of my all time favorites!

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  3. His writing scared me silly when I was a kid! I've enjoyed incorporating him into my novel. Thanks for checking out my blog.

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  4. Hey Jennifer - thanks for visiting my blog. New follower here. I admire anyone who can function at 5am. I've tried getting up pre-work to write. All I do is some heavy blinking.

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    1. Thanks for following! I never used to wake up at the crack of dawn, but then I became a writer and I have teenagers and we know they aren't up at this time:)

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  5. I need complete silence for editing. I play white noise if it isn't quiet.

    I love Edgar Allen Poe.

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    1. I will wait to edit if my kids are present. I will hide from my kids if I must edit. Thanks for stopping by!

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