5K Editing: Mile 1 to 1.5

You’ve crossed the starting line. You’re off and running, surrounded by hundreds of runners. It’s a little congested, and you feel like you might trip over someone. But you don’t, and little by little, it thins out. Runners start passing you, and you even pass a few. You round a bend. There’s a clock—you’ve only been running for 2 minutes, and you’re not close to the one mile marker…But you’ve committed to run without stopping until the halfway point. You’ve got this!

Your running buddy starts to pick up speed, moving a few paces in front of you. You know you’re holding her back. You yell for her to just go! She flies ahead and is soon out of sight. You wish she’d stayed with you, but you know that this is her first race and you want her to do the best she can. Besides, you’re both going to reach the finish line—even though it’ll be at different times. You smile and let her go …

**Pauses to sing (Admit it, you can’t read or say that phrase anymore without singing it!)

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You stop singing just as you reach the one mile marker. The time has you grinning. If you can keep that time up for the next 2.1 miles, you’ll beat your time. You go down the hill, remembering it from last year. The halfway mark is coming up.

WATER BREAK! YES!

Mile 1.5! You’ve reached the halfway mark! You stop running to drink your ice cold water—but you’re still walking fast. You finish the water, toss the cup, and then begin running again–setting a pace that you can keep until the finish line!

5K EDITING

Your editor finally read your whole novel. SHE LOVES IT, and can’t stop thinking about it, even days later!! She tells you that the beginning and ending need to be reworked . . . But great news: Your middle doesn’t sag!!

You get to work. It seems to take forever to get the first three chapters just right. You write, rewrite, rearrange, divide, and take out lines that you love (but add some wonderful new ones) . . . You work until you both feel it’s been thinned to “perfection.” Now you’re off! Edits are coming in faster–you happily notice that there aren’t as many edits to be added. You feel great.

A great friend moves ahead in her writing career! She’s publishing–seems to be flying ahead. You cheer her on, telling her to go!! You don’t get mad or jealous, you just keep plugging along with your edits. After all, you’re both going to reach publication—even though it’ll be at different times.

You’re almost to the halfway point of your novel!

CELEBRATION BREAK: You’re amazing editor gets engaged! You’re soooo thrilled for her, but your book gets set aside for awhile. You stop editing so you can hang out, ogle over wedding magazines, try on dresses (her dress and your bridesmaid dress!!) share ideas . . . SMILE . . . SQUEAL . . . DANCE!

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After a time of your “celebrating-detour”, you’re both refreshed and ready to get back to the editing! You can do this!

 

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Acronyms: Part 2

Today I’d like to share some of the editing acronyms that have been used on me or by me. I love to edit as much as I love to write and drink coffee. “I was born with a red pen in my hands.” Growing up, my idea of a great time was to print off my stories so I could make them better with my magic red pen…yeah, I was kinda a weird, loner child…(and, not much has changed in that area) But starting the editing early has been great for my writing life…editors have nothing on MY red pen!

Again, all you editors (and writers) out there…if I’ve missed any, please comment below. THANKS.

ED = Editor! 🙂

RUE = Resist the Urge to Explain

FBP = Floating Body Part (example: “My eyes landed on her.”…that would require them to pop out of your head, fly across the room, and land on her…)

RO = Run-on sentence

STET = Let it Stand

WW = Wrong Word

ROFL = Rolling on Floor Laughing

OTT = Over the Top

SNI = Shiny New Idea

OMNI = Omniscient

IM = Internal Monologue

BS = Backstory

CRIT = Critique

GMC = Goals, Motivation, Conflict (yeah, these are important to have in fiction)

IMHO = In My Humble Opinion

AWK = Awkward sentence

SP = Spelling…check it…and like Messy Mondays says: “Some people think that the red squiggly line underneath the words is the computers way of saying ‘Oh yes, keep it up!'”

CMS = Chicago Manual of Style (this is a HUGE book with all the editing rules…)

TBR = To Be Read (Pile of books)…this can also mean, To Be released

ISBN = International Standard Book Number. (You get one of these when you’re book gets published)

TMI/TNCA = Too Much Information / That Nobody Cares About

TLD = Time Line Discrepancy (this one was created by my editor Vie)

DW? = Do What?? (Also created by my editor)

**And of course, my very own self editing acronyms:

TWS = That Was Stupid

TMNSW = That Made No Sense Whatsoever!

NCTS = Need Coffee in This Scene

GW = Great Writing

ARGH = All right, gonna holler!

RME = Rolled My Eyes (yes, I committed a FBP there…)

**Forgot these last week: LI = Love Interest  &  AFK = Away From Keyboard