For me, January began with a cold and it’s ending with a stomach bug. I’ve decided that’s my quota for the year—that’s the way it works, right?
I spent the month editing. Before tackling these edits, I chose to write something new, then read some books, including a few on self-editing. This helped get me in the right place, and I’ve been really enjoying this last set of edits.
One task I set for myself was to jot down the chapters to make an outline that included dates and times. It was a good thing, too. I discovered I had crammed 48 hours worth of stuff into 12 hours—oopsie. That took fiddling to fix, but I did it.
I’m also running each chapter through SmartEdit (the free version) to look for repeated words and phrases. I have found a few that I’ve need to change up. I don’t think it’s horrible to repeat a word, but recently I read a book that used the words ‘scattered’ in the first two paragraphs of the book. It really stuck out, more so due to their proximity, but even within a few pages of each other those types of words readers remember. It’s best to get rid of them.
I’m also betareading. It’s really fun to read something at this stage of the game. It’s also a huge responsibility. I find myself taking notes!
How did January treat you? What do you think happened in the photo?
photo by me!
smiley courtesy of Sherv.net