Friday Revisions: The importance of the first, complete read-through

I’ve been spitting and polishing away at A to Z Stories of Life and Death, and since it is my longest piece I’ve ever edited for publication, I learned a lesson.

It is a collection of flash fiction, so I just polished one before going on to the next, and so on and so forth. (This is against all the rules I followed while proofing/editing work by other folks. Go figure…..le sigh.)

Only at the end of the whole shebang did I do a complete read through, and of course I had made a mess of consistency issues like UK and US spellings and idioms. I also realized that I had stories that were too similar to each other, and some that did not fit the theme. Back to square one, of course.

Note to self: Do a complete read-through of any MS before you begin editing.

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  1. J.L. Campbell

    No matter how long we're at this writing thing, we still have so much to learn. The up side is that you caught what needed to be fixed. Keep going. I know you'll get there.

  2. Loree Huebner

    I agree with your note to self: "Do a complete read-through of any MS before you begin editing."

    This is very important. You need to feel where you are at and the flow.

    Square one will pass quickly…I promise.