I don’t really like writing tips. I find them to be mostly the same regurgitated crap all over the internet. But after being stuck in a total editing rut for weeks I decided to take action and put into practice some of the editing tips I’ve heard about, but completely ignored previously.
And I feel a bit stupid because one of them actually really helped.
I have no idea where this gif is from but I love this girl’s style.
OK, so what’s the tip? It’s freaking PAPER you guys! I know right? It’s just paper.
I printed out my first nine chapters…
Then went to bed with all the bits of paper, a cup of tea, some tea light candles, my iPhone speakers which are awesome and in the shape of a cat, and a metallic purple pen. I like this one from Paperchase. And I sat there, in bed. And I read the first four chapters in one sitting, purple penning as I went.
And most of it wasn’t so bad. I didn’t hate it nearly as much as I thought I was going to!
Everything looks different on paper. It looks real. It looks like a real manuscript. Real words on real paper. It’s almost like it’s parts of a book!
If you don’t do this already, get yourself some printed pages and get to bed immediately! x