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    123456789 Contributor Contributor

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    editing question

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by 123456789, Dec 9, 2012.

    How many of you print out your first drafts so you can edit on paper, as opposed to just doing everything on the computer?
     
  2. captain kate

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    I do that for my second draft. My first draft is a rewrite and copy edit. Then it's onto hard copy editing.

    Bear in mind that there are at least three levels of editing:

    1. Content editing - the high level stuff. Storytelling, characters,
    plotting, setting, etc. If your story doesn't work here, it will fail
    to succeed as well as it could.

    2. Copyediting - A hard look at sentence and word choices. This is
    the polish that every manuscript needs before it is sent out to be published.

    3. Proofreading - A thorough look for missing words, punctuation,
    typos, etc. Do this AFTER ALL other changes have been made.
     
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    I always print out my drafts. I freely scribble over them all in various colors of ink. I need my work in hard copy before I can muck around with it.
     
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    I do everything on my computer. It's just something I'm used to, and it also helps save paper.
     
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    If I have a particularly complex section, and I know I need to do some maneuvering, I'll print out that section, plus a page or so before. Then I literally start cutting it up, moving it around, seeing where things work best. Then I go back to the computer and do the cut & paste there.
     
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    Not til I'm basically done with it. One thing I always do is read it aloud into the tape thingie on my phone. Then I listen to it as I'm about to go to sleep. Really helps. Ha ha! Sometimes NOT in the way I'd like it to either!:rolleyes:
     
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    i usually will do that once for short works and 2-3 times for books... it gives one a different perspective which is really needed when searching for goofs that can easily be overlooked on the screen...
     
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    I'm with mammamaia. I work it over and over on the computer until I'm not finding much to fix, and then print it out. I find things on paper to fix that I didn't on the screen.
     
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    I'll do a quick read through and tidy-up on the computer, then print it out and hack it up properly with a red pen and flagon of coffee. Then give it to readers, then repeat.
     

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