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Thursday Ten: editing checklist

After NaNo comes editing!

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.

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1. Strike needless words

This pretty much explains itself. Look for redundancies and get rid of them.

2. Quotation marks 

Add quotation marks where necessary, especially when your character is speaking.

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3. Similiar character names

This can be confusing for both the writer and reader sometimes, so make sure characters names are easy to recall individually.

4. CAPITALIZE!

Capitalize names, places, months, the beginning of a sentence, etc.

5. One voice or two voices?

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.

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6. Avoid using ‘literally’

Like literally!

7. Spelling

Does it look right?

8. Dialogue game

Make sure that the dialogue serves the story in every case.

9. Read aloud

Gotta make sure what you’ve written is making sense.

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10. Double check everything

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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Are there any editing tips that you’ll like to share?

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Outline? What outline?

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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! 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Shipping

Good evening/night/afternoon/morning.

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I hope that all is well and that you’re having a TERRIFIC day! Today, we’re going to talk about shipping. 

Someone once said that when readers/fans start shipping your characters, that’s when a writer know that he/she has touched the lives of their readers. As endearing as that might sound, I am still on the fence about this. However, my friends ship two of my characters’ relationship. They call it the greatest fictional relationship that they’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. If I wasn’t the writer, I probably would’ve shipped them too!

However, not everyone knows what shipping is and thus! This post was born.

LET’S TALK ABOUT SHIPPING 

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Shipping is derived from the word ‘relationship’. It involves imagining relationships between two (sometimes more) fictional characters from a book, TV show or movie. So, basically, shippers take two characters (sometimes more), put them in a relationship (even if they’re not in one), bequeath them a shipping name, squeal uncontrollably because they can’t control their emotions, and write fan fictions about them.

Sometimes, we unknowingly ship couples. For instance, you’re watching a TV show and you’re like ‘Aww, they’re so cute, I wish they were together.’ And just like that, shipping is born!

Fandoms ship ANYTHING and EVERYTHING and you don’t want to mess with some of these crazy fandoms.

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So the question is: Are you a shipper?

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I ship things, but I am not that bad. If you want to find out who/what I ship, tune in next week for ‘I’m Going Down With This Ship’. 🙂

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Thursday Ten: Humanizing the stalker

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Stalkers are everyday people just like you and me.

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Regardless of the character, we have to humanize them. We have to give them characteristics that our readers can identify with. Stalkers are pretty normal everyday people, so it wasn’t too hard in humanizing him. Here are 10 things I’ve attributed to my stalking MC:

1. He is quite charming

2. He rides a mean motorcycle

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3. He has a soft spot for dogs

4. He has an amazing laugh!

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5. When he’s lying, he tends to rub his thumb against his index and middle fingers. (One of my friends unawarely does this when she’s nervous or unsure of what to do)

6. He has a hobby.

7. He is rather possessive of what he considers his.

8. He has a job.

9. He cooks.

10. He eliminates people who gets in his way. 

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