10 Hour, Two Day Binge for Revisions from my Editor, Christina Frey

I recently received the edit for my book, “Waiting on the Outside”, back from my editor, Christina Frey.  And, I have been working on it diligently.  The other day I decided to just work on it all day for the next two days.  I called it  my “binge revision”.  I spent the two days making the most of the revisions she suggested, adding content she suggested, and in general making it better.  (She had over 340 comments)

An editor can really show you how you can improve, and she did. Where she moved things around, I could see how the flow of the story was so much better.  In places where she suggested I “beef” it up a little, I could see how it was more interesting.  Where she restructured sentences, I could see where my sentence structure could be improved.  Lastly, I appreciated her comments when something was really good. Yea!

I am by no means done.  I still have to go over the revisions, to make sure I did not cut any sentences in half or delete paragraphs while I was working!  Easy to do when you are tired.  I am also going to print it out and read it out loud to myself, because I have found it really helps to identify parts that could use a little touching up.  Writing is not any easy job, where you sit down and just write.  It is reflection on how it sounds, making sure it makes sense, keeping your voice, yet making sure the grammar is correct.  I could go on and on, but those of you who write already know this.  Rarely does a “perfect” paragraph just appear.

To those of you who are also in the editing stage of your work…good luck.

About Sharron Grodzinsky

Author, blogger and professional seeker of new adventures. After spending many years in the healthcare field, I now devote my energies to writing. I've finished my first book, "Waiting on the Outside" (The story of my sons' journey to incarceration) and my second book, "Surviving La Bestia". (Two immigrant children make a perilous journey over two thousand miles trying to get to America.) Both are available on Amazon. Writing is not an easy task, but if you feel the absolute necessity to write, then you are a writer! I am writing my third book, "The Hanging Girl". I am also partnering with Jon Ponder, CEO of Hope for Prisoners, to bring his story, "CONverted", A story of transformation and hope to light. I hope to have both completed by the end of the year. A little ambitious I think, but if you don't aim for the sky you won't land there.
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