1. What is your editing style like?
Old school. I print out the book I’m working on and then make changes by hand, type those in, then go at it again. I find that when I edit on the computer screen, I just don’t catch as much and my prose becomes bloviated. I do some free writing on my keyboard, but all of my editing has to be done by hand or my story suffers.
2. While on a deadline, how do you stay on top of your edits?
Well, over the last decade I can’t think of a time when I haven’t been under a deadline, so I suppose this is an easy question to answer—I work as hard as I can and try not to sweat it. I have a sign in my office that says, “Focus on progress not deadlines.” And I suppose that’s my philosophy—keep plugging forward and don’t let stress interfere with the story.
3. About how many chapters do you aim to finish in a day?
4. How long (week wise) do you edit for?
This isn’t meant to be a smart-ass answer, but until the book is done. When I can’t improve a book anymore, then it’s done, then I’m through editing. If I can improve it then I make the necessary changes. Most of my books take me between six and eighteen months writing full-time, depending on how long they are.
If you enjoyed this, you’ll enjoy these:
- Jessica Bell on Revising
- Me on Revising (My editing tips from after finishing my 6th edit)
- Susan Dennard on Revising (She also has a whole section on her blog about revision. WAY better than Holly Lisle’s. And it’s FREE.)
- Katie Cross on Revising
- Holly Brown on Revising