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When Editing: Trial and Error

When you write a novel, there are a lot of ways you need to move. Such as forward. To be honest, forward should actually be the only way you travel, as a matter of fact. Many try to write a novel and then edit as they go. I may not be a novelist to the point of writing dozens and dozens of novels, but there is something that I have learned: move forward.

Reasons for Forward

For more than 10 years I had about a chapter for a story of mine. A five book series actually. I am not one to have a lot of time to finish creative projects with life going on, so I would do what I could when the urge came to me. Every time I would start working on it again, especially with months in between, I would re-read what I had already written, and, having changed in style, I would edit the same pages again and again.

And did I ever get to the writing more part? No. I would usually end up using my time and spare energy on those dozen pages and then stop again.


This is no way to write a book, especially when it keeps you stagnate for 10 years. Something needed to change.


Whenever someone write a book, it is known by anyone who writes or doesn’t write that edits have to occur. No matter what. You can be Stephen King if you want, but there is nothing that will stop the need for edits to any book, novel or short story. So, this being the case, more forward anyway.

You may not like the story and/or know there are places that you need to add more content, but it is more important to get the words down on paper, get them thoughts into your word processor, get the story from the beginning to the end before you edit anything.


So…move forward. Don’t look back at what you wrote or what you need to write, just move forward. Every time you feel like writing. That is what you should do. Write. Do not edit. Not until you are finished. Make notes as you go should you need to but don’t edit until you are ready to do so.

This technique served me well during NaNoWriMo 2012. Guess who finished and won the contest? I never looked back. I simply moved forward. Forward… Always forward…


About Author: She enjoys writing for her many Queens Nissan dealers.

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