Editing with Ksenia Anske

Today, I want to introduce Author, Ksenia Anske to the blog. Today on Writer’s Wednesday, we are chatting editing.

Ksenia Anske, Devin Joubert, Interview

1. What is your editing style like?

I just edit. Meaning, I rewrite each sentence until it sounds good to me, and move on. Some sentences I cut out completely. The whole of it is mostly shrinking the manuscript, as I have the tendency to over-write. I write a lot in my 1st draft, because I know that in consecutive drafts I will cut most of the fluff out. And one other thing, I start from the beginning and finish at the end. I don’t jump around the manuscript, but go over it in order, until done, doing a complete rewrite. Oh, I guess there is one more thing. Before starting the edit, I read the previous draft in 1 or 2 days, with as few interruptions as possible, and write down things I need to fix on Post-It notes. Then I stick them up on a white board over my writing desk, so when I edit, I can make the changes and peel off the notes that have been completed.

2. While on a deadline, how do you stay on top of your edits?

I turn off the glorious internets! Seriously, I hole up and work without interruptions for 7 to 9 hours, for as long as I can go.

3. About how many chapters do you aim to finish in a day?

Usually I edit half a chapter a day. I do kind of a stitch mode editing. I guess I do have an editing style! Here is what it looks like. I edit 1/2 a chapter in the 1st part of the day, then I read a book, then in the evening, before bedtime, I read aloud what I edited to my boyfriend. We talk about it a little. I go to bed, thinking about it. In the morning I quickly edit once more what I read the day before, and then move on to the next 1/2 chapter. Then I repeat the process. So in a sense, when the draft is done, I have gone over it not once but twice. So there you go. Also, my editing speed depends on the draft number. The 2nd draft is the longest, as the 1st draft is usually messy and requires time to be edited carefully. The 3rd draft I can edit as fast as 1 chapter a day. If I need a 4th draft, I can edit it even faster, 2 or 3 chapters a day. More of a polish, really.

4. How long (week wise) do you edit for?

You mean, how many days a week or how many weeks it takes me? Most of my books are about 30 chapters long. 1st draft usually takes 6 weeks to bang out. 2nd draft usually takes 12-16 weeks, the longest. 3rd draft about 8 weeks. 4th, if needed, could be less than 6 weeks. Sometimes, to speed up, I work on the weekends. Mostly, though, I take weekends off, to think, to read, to reflect.

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