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Well… they do and they don’t.  But they are necessary for any writer, so suck it up and deal with it.

A few days ago, my revisions felt marvelous with a minor plot addition that really built on my driving plot points. Honestly, it was genius. 

Now, I’m knee deep in edits and consistency revisions, and they’re boring as Hell. But it’s a small sacrifice for a publishable novel. That’s the whole idea of revising, editing, beta reading, and more revising and editing. 

Jenna posted this a couple of weeks after my post and I was so excited to add it here.

My excitement is up and down again today with another batch ready to go, but TTS is slow going on Chrome. What I’m doing is saving the batches of chapters in a separate Word document and editing with Chrome’s free Pro Writing Aid and Natural Reader extension. Between the spell checker and the TTS, I’m picking up all sorts if silly things.that Word missed. 

Then, once each batch is edited, I copy it into my beta document and set the track changes option in case I think of anything else. I’m always thinking of something else. But at least I can keep track of what I added after I sent out the chapter batches.

Also, I track my progress from red, yellow, orange and green text in my outline depending on what stage I’m at with each chapter. It helps me see where I’m up to and some later chapters are fully revised and just pending edits while others need another quick revision before that final edit. 

It all these little things that keep the revisions and edits on track. I haven’t come this far to let some SpaG or silly wording let me down now. It also helps that I have a good work/life balance, so I have time to put into my writing like a 2nd job, which is good because I hope to make it a paid one, eventually. 

So editing is a chore, but if you stay organised with your edits, then you’ll get through them and polish that publishable book.

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