I am in no way a professional author or an expert in anything writing, but I write and that means I also have to edit. For NaNoWriMo this year, I wrote Dangerous Obsession, and although it’s not completely finished, I am going through the first draft and editing as I go along. I’ve compiled a small editing checklist.
This pretty much explains itself. Look for redundancies and get rid of them.
Add quotation marks where necessary, especially when your character is speaking.
This can be confusing for both the writer and reader sometimes, so make sure characters names are easy to recall individually.
Capitalize names, places, months, the beginning of a sentence, etc.
Writers are told that is is better that they stick to one voice (POV), but if you’re working with two or more characters, make sure that you include whose POV they’re speaking from.
Does it look right?
Make sure that the dialogue serves the story in every case.
Gotta make sure what you’ve written is making sense.
A writer can never go wrong with this technique. After all, we want the reader to be satisfied with what they’re reading.
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For the past five years or so, I’ve been jumping headfirst into NaNoWriMo without warning. I don’t know what I’m going to write until the last minute and when I finally decide on what story I’m going to write, I simply dive in. I know that it’s dangerous to work without an outline, but that’s the thrill of it!
Although by the time I start putting words on paper, the story starts dictating itself so I’m rarely ever surprised when I complete a story. I like taking clichés and ideas and turning them into something completely new and exciting, and I am hoping to achieve the same result with Dangerous Obsession.
Thank you, Kage of RLyis for my signature ❤
Writing by process of discovery is my forte because novel outlining does not work for me. The characters always seem to take over and then I am forced to abandon the outline, therefore, I don’t ever feel guilty about not outlining. When I used to outline my work, I felt as if I was the translator sitting down to tell the story I already know and it was not fun. I found out that I love discovering my characters as I go along rather than thoroughly sketching them. Case in point: when I started writing, it started with the character I call Ray da Díxon and because I did not thoroughly sketch him, I went back to revisit this character and created an identical twin for him. And because I did not thoroughly sketch them, I still discover new things about them every time I write stories around them.
I write wherever I am in the story, whether it’s the beginning, the middle, or even the end. Sometimes I know what comes next, sometimes I don’t, but that’s the beauty of not outlining, at least for me, because the less I know, the more I discover as I write.
Remember, whether we outline or not, writing is a process.
DISCLAIMER: I am not here to preach about how to write to other writers. What works for me may not work for others. Writers should find their own process of creating a story and if it’s ridiculous? Eh, who cares? The most important thing is that it works for you.
“Say that again girl and I’mma let you have it!” glare.
“Oh no, don’t you do it because you won’t like it if I come over there for you.” glare.
“Why can’t things ever go my way?” glare.
“I’m going to beat you down if I ever catch you looking at Alejandro again.” glare.
“Mama said to knock you out.” glare.
“I’m warning you,” glare.
“Beat this!” glare.
Haha! I fail as a writer when it comes to describing glaring expressions.
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Sometimes, I overuse the adjective ‘slow’, so I came up with other words I can use instead. Feel free to add to it.
Are you guilty of overusing ‘according to’? Are you tired of using the phrase ‘on the other hand’? Are you fed up of saying ‘congratulations’? Then, this list is for you:
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I’m often asked why I write if I don’t intend to publish a few books at least. Here’s the thing: I like writing. Like, really like writing, but for fun and not profit. Mom doesn’t understand this. She thinks I should be making a career out of writing. My sisters are pestering me to complete a proper novel. My friends and colleagues are no better. They think I should look into publishing.
However, I prefer to sit in front my laptop for hours on end and create stories without being pressured. It doesn’t mean I like writing no less. I’ve had an article published in a local magazine a few years ago and I’ve had research material published for the college’s library where I work. I have tons of incomplete material that I’m currently pouring over. Most basically ends up in the trash for I just can’t see them being made into complete novels and I’ve chopped some down to poems.
I may not have a story on hand that can be a potential bestseller, and I may not have publishing on my mind, but I enjoy writing and sharing my stories. They maybe faulty, inconsistent, and grammatically incorrect, but they’re my stories and I am proud of them. Even if it’s just one person reading my story, I feel blessed for I do not write to please people. I write for me.
With my stories, I tend to open the door to a temporary new world where I can get lost and be the boss of whatever I create. Lately, I’ve been watching the content I write though. I’ve toned down the passionate sensual nature I’ve been known for in the past. There maybe a little bit of sexy going on in some of the stories, but no ‘R’ rated material.
I write because I can and because I love to. Why do you write?
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Whatever material you’re working on, once you’re writng, it qualifies as writing. And writing everyday can only mean good practice with your craft. So, what are you writing today?