As a friend of my recently pointed out, I’m especially bad on nights where I wait to the last minute to write out my blog and post just before I crash past my bedtime. That’s just bad juju all around, which is why I’m starting to prepare my post a day early. Being tired and posting on your blog is almost as bad as drunken texting.
It helps to have friends that can go back over and read the stuff you’re writing, but even then things are missed. For my book I use http://ed.grammarly.com/editor/view and lots of friends help. For book two I have a couple English teachers that have offered to give me a hand with the editing. Think about your high school English teacher and her red marker pen. I’ll be thankful but feel like I’m sixteen all over again. I always find it interesting when reviewers question why a professional editor wasn’t used for a new Indy Writer’s work. Not that I don’t understand the question. It seems like an easy enough fix, but the price tag associated with a professional editor for an Indy Writer makes it very difficult to be able to afford in the beginning … or at all if your stories doesn’t attract enough readers.
I should probably use grammarly.com before I post to my blog. There free sample page is easy enough to use, I just need to start making the time to use it. I find myself more motivated to make the time after being called out by my friend yesterday though.
For now it seems like my weak point in my writing. I’ve had enough good reviews to feel confident enough in my writing skills and my general story creation abilities. Book two is coming alone great, and I feel like I have a good plan of action for the editing side. English Teachers red markers for the win =D
For those fellow writers just starting out, you can do the majority of this clean-up on your own with tools like grammarly.com and the blood, sweat and tears of going over your own work again and again with a fine tooth comb. You will re-read your story a good twenty to thirty times just trying to smooth out all of the rough edges and grammar issues, and then do it again after your friends help you with the mistakes that they find. Even then you’ll miss a bunch of stuff, that’s just the way it is. Hell, I’ve seen enough professional works with grammar issues through the novel. It’s just the way it is.
No matter how annoying and aggravating this part of publishing your own novel is, don’t skimp on this part. You’ll hate yourself once the negative grammar reviews start coming in. especially if your story is good, but you’re getting bashed for not having a professionally edited product.