Writing Quest » Revisions, Round 2: Fight!
Aaand my second round of revisions have been sent to Editor! *long, heavy sigh of relief* 😅
It took me ~ a week longer than I thought because…
1. I’m still really bad at gauging the time required for edits ⏳
2. Once I was “done” I realized listening to the whole thing through would be a good idea 🔊
And boy was I right. Not only did I catch a bunch of stupid SPAG* errors and repeated words/phrases, but I caught a lot of flow issues, awkward phrasing, and things that felt out of place (b/c they were added “in a void.”)
That’s one issue I’m still struggling to figure out with revisions—where you go to the spot you need to adjust, scroll up a ways and read through it, then make the change. Yet when you come back later, it feels like some random Shadow Author dropped in some words with no context whatsoever??
I think most of it is just patience (which I definitely struggle with) and making sure to take the time to read back even farther before making the change. 😞
This isn’t the first time I’ve listened to this book, but the last time I did was probably two years ago. It’s been edited with my agent and now twice with my editor since, so I’m glad I remembered before I sent this version off!
Have you ever tried listening to your work? 🎧📝
If not, I can’t recommend it enough, it’s truly eye-opening! Even during the drafting phase, when I’ve been struggling and can’t figure out what’s wrong with a certain story element. Listening through (even just a few chapters at a time) can really help put a new perspective on it. (Much like changing the font/format of your text!)
(For the record: I use the Voice Dream app!)
*SPAG = SPelling And Grammar