Ugh! Editing

I got to the writing cabin kind of late today. Old What’s Her Face and I usually have Sunday breakfast at home, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the week. Nothing too fancy, just really nice.

It’s also the day I call my Mother and I dedicated an hour to that.

Drafting new material is my favorite part of the job. I love the process of coming up with new characters and having them interact. Today, I had to grit my teeth and start editing.

I walked into the cabin’s living room which serves as the public-facing office.

A talking yak debated something with a talking hat. A retired leg-man was discussing the breakdown of modern society with a Chinese monk woman who carried a huge guandao.

Lisa Burton, the robot girl was in a dither trying to get root monsters down from the antler chandelier.

Percy, the Space Chimp pointed a hairy finger from across the room. “I got a bone to pick with you.”

I slammed the door, and returned to my vehicle. “Nope.”

I returned home and parked myself in a spare room we use for an office. The old Mac opened the AutoCrit website just fine, and I was able to upload my manuscript. However, it never highlighted a damned thing.

It feels great to produce a perfect draft, but I never have and something was wrong. I wanted to use my iPad to make the actual edits.

The site works perfectly on the iPad, and my dreams of a perfect MS were shot down.

I wound up using the split-screen feature and the iPad for everything. This isn’t particularly easy, because the text is so small in split screen. Clicking on AutoCrit’s suggestions is a little more touchy at this small size, too.

I admit to chickening out on the big stuff and worked on The Hat story because of its size. I managed to fix all of my typical mistakes. Mostly missing punctuation. I seem to miss a lot of question marks when I draft.

I have the free version of AutoCrit, so I don’t have all of its amazing features. Still helpful with spelling and punctuation. I had one word spelled wrong about five times. At least I was consistent.

That hat story moves into the TBR editing pile. I think I’ll take on the swamp story in the morning. I dread this stuff, but it must be done.

It’s been a while since I shared a Pinterest Board. This is a good one for all authors. Sometimes we all need location and setting. Check it out and let me know what you think

This one has markets, catacombs, a street of birdcages, public gardens and more.



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44 responses to “Ugh! Editing

  1. My favorite was the old Texico station and truck. Of course, there were plenty of interesting spots on the board. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Interesting collection. I like the poplars one a little ways down.

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  3. Wow, what a great collection. I’m very visual, and because of that, less description is better. Seeing your board blew me away.

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  4. Pinterest always seems to be last on my to-do list, which is a shame, as I love spending time there!

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  5. Great collection, Craig. Good luck with the editing/revisions. Have a good week. 💕🙂

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  6. I’d have walked out of the cabin, too. Some days, it’s just not worth it.

    My eyes aren’t good enough for editing on a small screen anymore. But I’d love two screens. Something to shoot for…

    Good luck with your edits.

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  7. Pro Writing Aid. Worth the $ when it goes on sale. From spelling to redundancies. And as always you are free to argue with it. Like, the first three words of every sentence are not always an introductory clause.

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  8. I spent way too much time scrolling through these, they were so neat! I got a kick out of the Russian modern-vintage bachelor pad. Isn’t that an oxymoron? You have a really fun collection of settings, a little of everything. I can see how you’d find something inspiring to use. As for editing, catching the small stuff is tedious, but I really enjoy making scenes that don’t quite work better. But not enough to wade through everyone in your writer’s cabin:) Good luck, Craig!

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  9. I keep hearing about Auto Crit but haven’t explored it. I’m going to have to check it out.

    And I loved seeing all the mess in the writing cabin, LOL. I could just imagine the root monsters in the antler chandelier.

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  10. Your writing cabin sounds like the best location of all.

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author

    Two screens is a good idea, Craig. I’m in the same part, editing. Ick.

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  12. Ha! Ha! Your writing cabin made me chuckle. I would have closed the door and left, too. 🙂 Glad you figured out how to manipulate AutoCrit. Hope it gets easier.

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  13. Your Pinterest board is cool.

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  14. A line of bird cages sounds right up my alley, Craig! I’ll pop over and check it out.

    I’m one of those weirdos who enjoy editing. *shrugs*

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  15. I never understand why so many writers dread the editing phase. Personally, I love the process of editing. Rereading your work and letting it surprise and delight you is such an enjoyable process (I WROTE THAT!) and then whittling a scene away, taking it from blunt hammer to gleaming axe blade is so powerful.

    Why do people dread editing so?

    Learn to enjoy the editing, folks! It’s a second (third, fourth, fifth…) chance for your characters to get things right.

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  16. An interesting post, Craig. I do not edit like you do at all. A great Pinterest board.

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  17. You DO dislike editing. Lol. Thank goodness there are programs to help us with part of it. I enjoy editing and have an extensive methodology. My problem is knowing when to stop. 🙂

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  18. What a day! I love Autocrit. I got the lifelong subscription for a discount back when they offered. Well worth it. I use three screens for writing so I would be a mess if I had to use a split screen iPad. Kudos to your flexibility!

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