I assume I’m like most writers, I really don’t like the editing process. At. All. I allow myself to write like a mad fiend through the first draft and let it fly no matter what. Then I put it away. I don’t want to look at it, but it rarely leaves my mind. This is the beginning of processing what I’ve written, what plot holes are awaiting my fall, what character is thinner than cardboard and oh my gosh what happened to the conflict?
Those are the more difficult issues to fix so after I’ve pulled it back up on my laptop for the millionth time, I submit it for editing to Writer’s Digest. I’ve worked with some awesome editors and authors at WD and feel as though the feedback was worth every penny! I used them on my upcoming new short story “Blurred Lines”, but…there’s that darned grammar that continues to bite me in the behind.
A few weeks ago I shared a free writing tool called Autocrit and I hope you have found it helpful. I have. I’ve used it until it wouldn’t allow me to submit anymore for the day. But, I found that it didn’t help me with commas and although it did identify “ly” words, it didn’t always help me with passive voice. After much investigation for other tools, I have just signed up for Grammarly.com. It far exceeded the other editing websites that I had sampled.
- Stylewriter (will suggest a better word to use)
Since I write so much in my resume business, blog, fiction and newsletters I found that Grammarly.com is well worth the purchase. Hopefully, out of the above group you will find what works best for you and continue to dial into great writing!
Until Next Time…
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