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Nose to the Grindstone: Revision & polishing [Nov. 16th, 2008|10:16 pm]

Few things are more humbling than reading one's new work word by word by word in revision and discovering...mistakes!  Blunders!  Wrong words!  Typos! (and if you think typos are just typos, you have yet to be raked over the coals by a Gotcha-ha-ha sort of person.)  

In 230K (approx) words, there will be mistakes.  There will be infelicities--a clunker sentence here, a less-than-perfect word choice there.  Something will be out of order.  And that's what this stage is for, though I'm having to combine all three of my "layers" of revision in one pass here, because of time constraints.   But what I don't like to find it sheer stupidity, rotten-from-the-start sentences that no one beyond the eighth grade should come up with.  But I do.  Every book...and every book I have to clean up the same mess. 

It's going to be a rough week.  But every little blobby bit I get rid of,  you don't have to read.


[User Picture]From: alexandralynch
2008-11-17 05:27 am (UTC)
May I say as a reader of your books, I deeply appreciate the care you take with them.

Typographical errors are like spots on the glass over a lovely view.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-11-17 05:36 am (UTC)
In self-defense, I must mention that typos occur at multiple points in the creation...including *after* I fix them.

So it's not alway the writer--modern typesetting software is capable of introducing problems (and it's too late to enter on the Vexations of Copyediting....)

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[User Picture]From: alexandralynch
2008-11-17 06:43 am (UTC)
I serve unpaid as a process reader for two different writers, both of whom also use me as a patient listening ear to bitch about copyeditors. (wry grin)

Should I ever finish braiding the strands of my own novel and sell the thing, I am forewarned.
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[User Picture]From: jowake
2008-11-17 02:28 pm (UTC)
I am astounded at typos and bad sentences which occur in my blog each day, I cannot imagine how many gaffs might occur when writing 230K words. I do understand that a lot of the mistakes occur after the work has left your hands. Some books, not yours I hasten to add, are so full of mistakes that it is painful to read them, even if it is a good story. I ALWAYS blame the publishers, not the author, well mostly I do.
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From: bosswriter
2008-11-17 02:31 pm (UTC)
Gee - mistakes in a 230K word MS - we must be human :-).

I am closing in on the end of my first draft of my first novel and will be interested in how many gaffs I find in only 80-90K words.

Again thanks for letting in on the process.
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[User Picture]From: silverbackbutch
2008-11-17 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all the care and attention to detail you put into *all* your efforts. It makes reading your works a joy! Sending you energy for the details.
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