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    Printing the first draft

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by ChaosReigns, Jan 30, 2014.

    Just a quick question all

    i have finished my first draft of a novel of mine, and i want to have a printed copy that i can put in a lever arch file, what would be the most effective way of printing it off and saving costs?

    Note: this is just a copy of it for myself, no one else is going to see this, so paper/ink quality isnt going to be an issue.
     
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    Know anyone with a laser printer?
     
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    Why would you want to print a first draft? Just save a copy. It's faster, easier, and cheaper. You have to do two or three edit passes before it's worth printing. And then it's so you can edit it on the page, with the margins changed to catch the things you miss on screen.
     
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    I'd just use Office Depot or some other similar business.
     
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    don't you have a printer?

    to save ink and paper when printing a copy to edit, i select 'draft quality' and change the margins to .5" all around and instead of double-spacing, go to 1.5...

    you can also print on both sides, if your printer has that option available...
     
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    i do have a printer, but its an OAP in how long it takes to print.

    @JayG i edit better on paper, thus requiring a print off of it, and it means that i can spot any glaring errors that there may be....
     
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    Some people prefer to read a physical copy, and make notes/corrections on it etc. I know I like to have a paper copy in front of me if I'm reviewing something, even at work.

    To the OP, what I did was print them off a few chapters at a time; mostly at home and some wherever there was a good fast printer available (e.g. college or work).
     
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    Thanks @VM80 that was useful, ive been able to print off all bar the last 46 pages of it (theres 178 of the suckers) now i have to wait for my ink cartridges to arrive
     
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    I print all my drafts. I hate reading prose on the screen. I prefer to take a paper copy to my favorite reclining chair and read it over, with red, blue, and green pens in hand. I sometimes do this when critiquing work here in our Workshop.

    You can buy used black-and-white laser printers off Ebay for cheap these days - well under $100. Just make sure there refurbished and in good working order. My roommate got an HP Laserjet 5 in great shape from Ebay for $75. Having your own laser printer doesn't have to break the bank.
     
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    I always print off my drafts, because I just don't catch mistakes on screen as well as I do reading paper.

    One thing saves a LOT of paper. Set your MS in double columns, so it reads as if it were a magazine. Then print it single-spaced. It's very easy to read because of the double-columns, and probably saves about half the paper. Plus you've got a lot of margin space to write corrections, etc. This won't save ink, but it saves paper—and it saves time! More words on the page.
     
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    I've gone both routes printing it out myself via a printer and I've gone to Office Depot and had it printed out.
    At the time I think it was cheaper to go to Office Depot. Could've been my printer though, tt sucked down ink like a boozer with a bottle of Jack Daniels.

    It's always nice to have an actual paper copy of your story. Much easier to scribble notes on or cut and paste and rearrange the scenes.
     
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    Printing my manuscript is the last step in my editing process. I read it through in print, catching issues I certainly would have missed had I just left it on screen.
     

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