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Inspirational Mondays – Three Tips for Editing Your Manuscript

I have decided to start a weekly blog post here on my editing blog called Inspirational Mondays specifically to inspire writers because, after all, editors need writers to keep writing. Otherwise, what would we have to edit? I chose Mondays in particular because it seems we could all use a little inspirational pick-me-up on Monday.

This week’s Inspirational Mondays tip: Editing is your friend!

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. – Oscar Wilde

*The following editing tips have been copied/paraphrased from JeanNicole Rivers’ blog post 3 Things To Be Aware Of When Editing Your Manuscript and posted here with express written permission from the author.*

Editing is definitely a dear friend of any and every writer, and it should first be the responsibility of the writer to edit his or her own manuscript as thoroughly as possible before letting a professional editor see it. At the same time, a writer is especially close to his or her work and it can be difficult to detect issues that need improvement. So here are a few tips that published author JeanNicole Rivers shared from her own experience editing her manuscript:

  • Be aware of the number of times you use a particular word.

In her post, Rivers shared that she discovered how often she used a particular word only when editing her manuscript. Before then, she had been unaware just how many times that word filled up the pages. I, too, have certain word preferences of which I must be conscious. When I find a word I like, I tend to overuse it and it loses meaning. As a writer, you should be aware of your own preferences and tendencies, even if you must discover them through their frequency in a manuscript. As you are editing, try to replace those overused words with synonyms that best highlight the passage’s meaning.

  • Be careful of the progression of the times of day.

Make sure that days and nights progress naturally in your story. Sometimes this may require you to sit down and just read through your manuscript to see how it sounds as a single unit rather than a series of multiple parts. If your story suddenly jumps from lunch time to midnight without a transition of some sort to explain how it happened, you should work on correcting that mistake through the editing process.

  • Be consistent with spellings of names.

This one seems fairly self-explanatory, but I admit that this has happened to me before. I relied on a MS Word shortcut to insert the name of one of my characters every time I punched a capital K. It was only much later with the assistance of the eagle eye of a reader that I realized MS Word had inserted the name correctly about half of the time and incorrectly the other half. My poor readers were very confused, thinking that I had introduced a new character that none of them had discovered yet. Consistency is important in all writing and editing, but it is especially important when it comes to character/place/item names so as not to confuse your readers.

Hopefully, these tips can help you become a better editor of your own writing so that you can shape it into the best it can be before you present it to anyone else. As Rivers said in her post:

… a collection of mistakes is called experience and experience is the key to success! – JeanNicole Rivers

The bottom line: Take the time to edit and polish your manuscript. These tips can help you edit your work to produce a manuscript in which you can take great pride.

JeanNicole Rivers dabbles in many arts, including theater, acting, singing, and writing. She is the author of Black Water Tales: The Secret Keepers which is the first in a series of thriller novels.



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Inspirational Mondays – Just Keep Writing

I have decided to start a weekly blog post here on my editing blog called Inspirational Mondays specifically to inspire writers because, after all, editors need writers to keep writing. Otherwise, what would we have to edit? I chose Mondays in particular because it seems we could all use a little inspirational pick-me-up on Monday.

Amongst my editing work and my own fiction writing projects, I’m also currently writing an article. I’m in the process of gathering tips for helping the absentminded writer stay focused and organized, and I’ll be sharing a tip along with a relevant quote each week.

This week’s Inspirational Mondays tip: Just Keep Writing!

Write what makes your heart sing. Write your passion. And ultimately, find your own success in that. – Elena Aitken from Wordbitches

Sometimes it feels like writers get blocked, leading people to use the misnomer “writer’s block.” The truth is that only those who aren’t passionate about writing get blocked. There are those who would contest that, I’m sure, but a true writer doesn’t stop writing just because the plot gets too complicated or the characters are underdeveloped or life gets hard. A true writer can’t keep the words from flowing out of them in one form or another.

I can vouch for that from my own experience. There are times that I don’t feel like writing for my series or my novel for any number of reasons, but that doesn’t mean that I stop writing completely. Sometimes I write poetry, sometimes I journal, sometimes I write scenes out of order (which bothers my OCD but helps prevent me from getting blocked), sometimes I write letters that I don’t send, sometimes I write back and forth with encouraging friends. Sometimes I just let my characters run wild without trying to record what is happening until I feel moved to start writing it down again.

Those are only a few of the ways that I “just keep writing” so the dreaded writer’s block doesn’t silence me. And that’s my advice to other block-suffering writers as well: find some way or something to write and just keep writing. If you stop, it’s hard to start back, and the longer you go without writing, the harder it is to start writing again. So avoid the block and write something else. Instead of agonizing over a scene/plot device/character that isn’t working right then, just let it sit for a while and write something else until you can look at it with fresh eyes later. Write a different part of the story, or rewrite another scene.

Another thing you can try is to read. Read a book to get your creative mind going, or reread your own work, older and current writing. Sometimes rereading what you have already written will stir you to continue where you left off. Even if it doesn’t inspire new writing, it may still reveal to you areas that need revisions and/or editing, which may be as beneficial to preventing writer’s block as writing new material.

And if all else fails, call in reinforcements. Get trusted friends, colleagues, or professional editors to read over your work and give you their honest opinions. This could lead to the discovery of issues in your writing contributing to your “block” that you could not see yourself, which could then pave the way for improvement and solutions and inspired writing once again. Editing is an essential part of the writing process, so incorporating it into your anti-block routine can only bring good things.

The bottom line: don’t let your creative voice go silent. Just keep writing and power through the “writer’s block.”

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Out with the Old, In with the New…Blog Launch Week!

That’s what comes to mind as I sit here with my cocktail and New Year’s cookies. I’m freshly washed, my clothes are freshly laundered, my cookies are freshly baked…my blogs are freshly launched. Time to throw off all the old baggage and make a new name for myself…and did I mention that I just launched my blogs?

Of course, the cocktail is one of those that you freeze with the alcohol already inside and the cookies are the ready-to-bake chocolate chip ones, but if a few shortcuts help a busy girl stay sane and happy, then bring on the shortcuts. Actually, I don’t like that term. Let’s call them life’s little helpers. Bring on the helpers. I could put them right to work.

Did I mention I just launched my blogs?

I’m getting to that. See, part of the old that I’m leaving behind is the old me. I’m not really changing much; I’m not good at resolutions and following through on them. I’m just making a new name and a new image for myself in 2013. There are some things I can’t change – I’m still the stay-at-home mom of two rambunctious little boys who is separated – but I won’t let myself get too run-down, I won’t let myself get pushed around, and if some wonderful man comes looking for me…well, you better believe I’ll be all over that (pun intended, lol). And there are some truly amazing people in my life who have loved and supported me, have always been there for me, and have kept me sane. You know who you are, and I love you so very much. *hugs tight*

But the biggest changes for 2013 are the start of my brand new editing business, the focus on my editing and my writing, and the launch of my blogs, each dedicated to one of my passions. This blog will serve as the base of operations for my editing business, Edits by Jade, and my Bound by Blood blog  is all about my series of the same name as well as my other writing. I decided to launch both blogs and my business on New Year’s Day so that I can start with a fresh, clean slate with the hope that 2013 will be the beginning of a whole new me.

On to the important things…today is the launch of my blogs and the beginning of my Blog Launch Week! To celebrate, I have some giveaways and some discounts!

  • Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 1st, and ending on Saturday, Jan. 5th, I will be offering discounts on my services to every single person who leaves a comment. These discounts can be tailored to each commenter’s needs (but they aren’t transferable). Whether it’s a discounted rate, a small piece edited for free, or a request for a book review, I’m flexible. Just comment and leave me some feedback on the blog or my services, and I will contact you. I’ll need email addresses to do so. If you don’t want to leave that info publicly, email me.
  • Each day from Tuesday through Saturday, there will be a drawing for a daily giveaway. I’ll combine the comments from both blogs, assign numbers to each commenter, and run them through a random number generator to choose the winner. If there is only one comment that day, then the lucky person will automatically win. The winners will then choose any book that they like on, add it to their wish lists, and I’ll have it sent to them asap. I’ll post and contact all of the giveaway winners once launch week is over.

*Note* I will always provide a free proofreading/editing sample to each new client or prospective client on a writing sample of 500 words or less. This offer is only available once per client/prospective client. Contact me for details.

So Happy New Year 2013, everybody! Leave your comments to get your discounts and invite every writer you know. I hope to work with you soon!

Love, Jade


Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one. – Brad Paisley


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Examples of My Work

As a college graduate and English major who has always dreamed of being a full-time editor, I’ve done plenty of proofreading and editing to my own work as well as helping others. As a start to my professional portfolio as well as to showcase examples of my work, I am going to keep a list of work that I have proofread/edited here.

My current dA username is BloodrainFireDawn, and the username I used in the past was jadesfires; most writers are courteous enough to mention that I helped them in the artist description of the story.

I have obtained permission from a writer with whom I have an ongoing arrangement to provide links to the stories that I have helped her proofread/edit. Thank you very much, Réalta! I will list the stories separately below, but you can find her at deviantART under the username Star-Chaster. Her other work not listed here can be found in her dA gallery.

EDIT (as of 12/4/12): I have also obtained the permission of another writer who I have helped to provide a link to the first chapter of her story which I both proofread and edited extensively. Thanks, Asia! You can find her at deviantART under the username Solangetatsu. She is an artist as well as a writer, and all of her artwork and writing can be found in her dA gallery.

EDIT (as of 12/19/12): I have obtained permission from another writer to provide a link to the chapters of her story which I helped edit; this is an example of development editing. Thanks, Erin! You can find her at deviantART under the username ErinM31. She is also a writer and artist, and all of her artwork and other writing can be found in her dA gallery.

*All stories/chapters included in this list were either proofread or edited by me.*

Stories Edited by Jade:

Stories Proofread by Jade:

My own personal writing can also be found in my deviantART gallery. My writing is always proofread and edited carefully before it is posted. Stories that I am particularly proud of include:

I will edit and add to this list as necessary when more work that I have done becomes available to which I can provide a link. Thank you for your interest.

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