First Round Of Editing Complete!

Hey friends! Great news! I just finished the first round of editing my short stories for my new collection that I hope to publish sometime soon. Now all that needs to be done is the following:

1.) One more round of editing – A family member of mine who gives me constructive criticism is currently in the process of going over the stories for a final time!

2.) Cover Design– My mom will again be helping me with the cover. I’m very excited to see how it comes out!

3.) Formatting – Before publishing, I will make sure that all the formatting is correct. Line and paragraph spacing, inserting the author’s note and dedication page, creating the table of contents, etc.

4.) Publishing – I plan on publishing my short story collection on Kindle Direct Publishing!

 

Losing Objectivity and How To Handle It

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of editing and having the patience while doing so. While there are a lot of advantages to editing, there is one disadvantage that creeps up as well.

The more you read your story, chances are that it’s going to start sounding old; stale. I’m quite proud of my story and think it’s very good, but let’s face it, any time you read something too many times right after you just read it already, it begins to grow old. This is true with any book. Plus, reading your own writing is (I imagine) like watching yourself acting if you’re an actor or actress – it’s annoying. I mean, you start picking on every single word that you wrote. Now I think I get why actors and actresses try to stray away from watching themselves when shows or movies they were in come on TV.

Second guessing yourself when you’re writing or re-reading what you wrote, can be a dangerous thing. You start wondering if what you wrote is good enough. Let me tell you something – chances are that it is. I read my story over the first time and really liked it and that’s how I felt the second time too. But when you keep reading it over and over for mistakes, it’s naturally going to get tiring.

How do you handle losing objectivity? You ask someone else to read it through with you. I think we all need that and that’s okay. We need someone else sometimes to read through our work and tell us what they like and dislike. My dad is very honest with me when it comes to that and I’m quite grateful. If he doesn’t like something, he’ll kindly tell me and if he does, he’ll let me know that too.

You need to trust yourself when you’re writing and you need to trust those who you ask for help as well. It’s only natural for you to question your work and wonder if it’s good enough. In fact, that’s healthy and a good thing. However, when you start obsessing over it, that’s when you know you have to try to take a step back and simply trust that your story is as good as it can be.

Trust in your talents and hard work!

-B.W. Ginsburg

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Editing – It’s a Pain, But It’s Worth It!

I’m not going to lie, editing is a pain in the butt. Seriously! My dad read over my story and there were a lot of little grammatical errors. Making these types of mistakes does not make someone a bad writer, but the issue does need to be addressed.

My dad and I probably read over my story about four times between the two of us, maybe even more. Editing is a pain because not only do you have to fix every little problem you come across, but it also makes you feel kind of crappy. I mean, let’s face it, no writer wants to see that they’ve made a billion tiny, stupid errors!

The thing that my dad kept reminding me though, is that going through your story and fixing these types of mistakes is something you need to do and if you’re passionate about your story, it’s not a waste of time. It goes hand in hand with having patience – you may want to rush into publishing your story, but you shouldn’t. You should wait until you’re completely satisfied with the writing itself.

As I was editing, I kept thinking how much easier I thought the whole process would be. I thought I would write the story and if I liked it, edit a few things and go ahead and try to publish it! It took longer than that though and I’m happy that it did in a way. I learned that you have to take your time and really focus on what you’re doing to ensure that your work turns out as good as it can!

So if you find yourself frustrated during the editing process, know that you’re not alone. Remember that it’s worth it to take the time and fix your mistakes. Making errors does not make you a bad writer, it just makes you human!

-B.W. Ginsburg

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Patience and Writing

Patience and writing. I think this is something that many of us struggle with. I know that I do.

For a long time, I’ve wanted to be a published author. They say that you should write for yourself and then afterwards, think about publishing. Maybe that’s easy for some people, but it never really has been for me. Don’t get me wrong, I write because I want to. I don’t write for the popularity or the possible purchases, but I write because I enjoy it and want to share my thoughts, ideas, and words with others.

The truth is though that while I’m writing a story, I’m thinking of possibly getting it published. I’m thinking of it one day being on a shelf somewhere or online available for purchase. I mean, come on, it’s been a  dream of mine for a long time so of course I think about it!

The thing is though, that although there’s nothing wrong with hoping your story or poetry will get published, you still have to write it first and you still have to make it good enough to get it published. You have to find a way to concentrate on the writing process and do the best you can at that first. I’m not saying you can’t think about getting your story or other work published, I’m just saying that you have to learn to focus on your writing. After all, that’s the most essential part. You can’t publish a story without writing it well first.

Trust me, I know the impatience that comes with writing. I wanted to get Rest in Piece published so badly. I hated reading it a billion times and correcting my mistakes. It seemed to take forever! It was important to me though that I got rid of as many errors as I could and that I made the story as good as it could be. I didn’t want to publish a story that wasn’t good and the only way to make sure of that was to take my time! It may be hard, but it’s worth it!

So while you’re writing, try not to rush. Take your time writing and enjoy the process. When editing, keep in mind that although it can be frustrating, it’s worth the time and effort. If you want your story or other work to be amazing, you have to put in the time. I know that’s a cliche, but it’s the truth.

-B.W. Ginsburg

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