Proof Copy Editing

This week I’m spending my time armed with highlighters and post-its reading through the proof copy of The Next Stage and doing some final editing before release.

There’s something about having the physical book in my hands and reading it as it’s supposed to be read that’s helping me find any issues there may be as well as tweaking some of the language to read better.

It seems like an odd thing for it to help in this process, but if anyone else is doing the same kind of thing, I’d definitely recommend it.

I’m hoping that after this readthrough I’ll be happy with it. I feel like if I read it more, I’ll just keep changing stuff for the sake of it. But at the same time, even though I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I don’t want to rush things.

Doing this it reminds me of the times in school where you’d read a book and have to make notes on it so you could write about it with quotes and whatnot.

I’m trying not to worry about the amount I’m finding to tweak, after all, I’m doing this mostly myself with some help from Alex, and this is only my second book so I’m still relatively new at this whole thing. But one thing I will say is that I read through some of Creatures again the other day and I can already tell that my writing has changed since then and I feel more confident in what I’m doing.

When I’ve not been editing this book for release, I’ve been thinking on which of the 5 or 6 stories I’ve started writing I want to develop into my next. There’s a mix of genres, I’ve got a couple of horrors and another couple of sci-fi and one that kind of straddles both, the last is a very basic idea that I have no idea where to go with…yet.

I kind of want to see how The Next Stage does and maybe do something different, but I really don’t know. I guess I’ll take a look at them all and see how I feel about them. I do know though that for now Creatures 2 is on hold. I’m about halfway through writing it, but I’m struggling to get any further, and I see no point in pushing it because then I’ll just completely fall out with it, but we’ll see.

For now, I’ll continue highlighting, post-it noting and scribbling.

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