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    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by skeloboy_97, Aug 17, 2011.

    hi all, when editing, do you print out the draft and edit with pen and paper, or edit electronically?
     
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    I print and edit on paper. I prefer it to reading and editing on the screen.
     
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    I edit electronically.
     
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    I do both. I edit electronically untll I've smoothed over most of the big issues.

    When I think I have something worth reading, I print it off and attack with a red pen.
     
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    I do what I can electronically, especially to save on ink and paper cost. But when I am close to the end, it normally takes at least one printing to edit.
     
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    I edit with a red pen on paper, then as I fix it electronically I cross out my red notes with a highlighter so I know I got everything.
     
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    I love doing it on paper (that's what she said) just because it gets me out of one mode and into another. It forces me to read what I've read and I don't get caught up re-writing or starting something else in the middle of my edit. Hope that makes sense.
     
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    I do the same as everyone else here. Though I rarely bother unless it's a piece I really love and want to work with, but when I DO want to edit something, I print.
     
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    Depends. It's just printing many pages, so many times can affect your wallet...

    Electronically, for the most part, does the job.
     
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    Definitely prefer pen and paper. I've printed two drafts now, and intend to print each that follows. It gets pricey, but I just try to remember the big picture.
     
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    I edit electronically. Sometimes I might print out for a final final proofreading, but at that point I'm down to typos. If I find any issues of substance on the paper, I toss it and return to electronic editing.
     
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    Electronically.
    Not once have I edited with a pen on paper, but I never usually get to the point of having something that I love enough to actually finish in the first place.
    I think my editing method is pretty good though. I go through and using the highlighter tool, I highlight every last bit of the story. My colour code system is green for great, blue for stuff that might need a little work, yellow for an iffy section of work, pink for needs a fair bit of editing, and red for parts that are simply there to indicate what information and details I need there; red is usually quite bad in quality. After I'm satisfied with highlighted section, I unhighlight it and move on, so I know what I've edited and what I haven't.
    Does anyone else use a method like this?
     
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    About a month from now I will have to decide whether to print out my first draft. I have a couple of scenes to go and some song lyrics to write. The complete draft is likely to be around 78K words. I would much prefer to read a printed document but I don't own a printer, and printing a 150 page word doc at work is not really an option.

    I am thinking about waiting until my second draft is complete before biting the bullet and committing it to paper.

    In an ideal world I would like to retreat to the Scottish highlands for a week of glorious solitiude with my printed manuscript, a set of pens and a couple of bottles of single malt. That would do wonders for my volcanic brain but, sadly, it ain't gonna happen.
     
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    I have not made it to the editing stage, sadly. But, I will probably print out my draft and edit with a pen. Writing or editing seems more natural to me when I have a piece of paper and pencil, rather than a computer. That's just me though.
     
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    I prefer to edit with pen and paper. I find it much easier to see errors when it's not on a computer screen, and it doesn't hurt my eyes when doing in depth editing on long stories.

    I have done a little bit of editing on my Kindle, but I'm far from sold on that as yet.
     
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    i do both... at some point, especially with major works, i'll print it out and proofread/edit on paper, as that will usually let me catch things i miss on the screen... plus, i can do it in comfort, on the sofa or in bed...

    i advise all my mentees to do the same...
     
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    This!
     
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    By the way, using a text to speech tool is not equivalent to reading it out loud yourself. Reading it aloud yourself engages a part of the nrain that is bypassed by silent reading or passive listening.

    Don't skip reading the manuscript out loud. Try it with a manuscript you think is ready to submit. You'll be surprised how many things you will pick up that slipped through all your previous revision passes.
     
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    This is really helpful. Thanks! :)
     

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