I have written plenty of editing posts, all with my different editing techniques using my own voice and typewriters, but I was asked not too long ago how I stay interested in the process. It had never occurred to me that it might be hard to stay interested in the editing process. Most of the time we are so engrossed in the process of actually writing the first draft that we may slack or completely forget about editing. Not always, but it happens.
Sure, you could hire a professional editor, but not everyone has the funds to do so. Plus, it’s always good to edit for yourself, even if you can afford an editor. All of this is a learning process, and this is where you can start:
- FIGURE OUT YOUR EDITING PROCESS
I actually have two, which are linked above. It took me awhile to figure out what actually helped me stay focused without falling into the monotony of editing. Monotony is bad. Nothing wrong with being consistent, but going through the motions doesn’t help anyone. So, play around. What process do you find less boring? What process might get you excited? Try the classics, try the different, try the innovative. Doesn’t matter. Try them all. Find your process.
- FOUND IT? TRY ANOTHER!
What? But I have one that works! Why do I need another? Like your writing style, your editing process needs to evolve. And sure, the one you have now may be working for you, but it will eventually get tiring. Working at a grocery was new and exciting for awhile, but once you’ve rang up bananas (code 4011) over one hundred times, it loses that certain allure… it becomes just another job. I’m not saying you should get another job, but writing doesn’t have to be a job. Neither does editing. Mix it up and keep yourself excited about trying something new.
- DON’T BE AFRAID TO EVOLVE
Like I said before, your writing style has changed overtime, so don’t be afraid of changing your editing style along with it. Technology is evolving everyday, so see what’s out there. Try hard ways. Try easy ways. That’s how I keep myself editing. There are too many tools to try out, and too many different processes. Editing isn’t always going to be fun, but it doesn’t have to be boring either. Don’t be afraid of plunging into a new process.
My processes won’t be for everyone, and that is ok. That’s what is so great about blogs, Google+, twitter, and FaceBook. There are so many other places to look for new and innovative processes, and you don’t have to follow anyone else’s technique to the very end. Mix and match, if you so choose. It can only help you in the end. I hope I’ve helped someone out. Now, for my favorite part of any blog post, what do you think? Do you have a set editing ritual? How do you mix it up and stay dedicated to editing? Let me know and comment below!
Thanks for reading!