Just hit a new stage of the publishing process that I thought some of you might find interesting: line edits.
For those of you that don't know, line edits come after all the major editing work has been done. The story has been hammered into shape, the character arcs are working, all that big stuff. Lines edits are changes that live down on the word, sentence and paragraph level and they're where you start learning alot about your personal tics as a writer. And let me tell ya, it can be scary.
What have I learned? Well apparently...
- I don't know when to use toward instead of towards.
- I don't know the difference between farther and further.
- I think it's okay to spell okay, OK.
- I love to compare things to ghosts, stars, birds and boulders. Seriously, I can't stop myself.
- I sometimes go a bit metaphor crazy and should just let my verb choice do the work for me.
- I have my characters use the words "a bit" way more than any real human uses them.
- I have the ability to use the same verb 5 times in one paragraph without realizing it.
How about you all? When you look back of your own writing do you notice any little tics? Words or phrases you use over and over? Common grammar misunderstandings?
The Long Walk Home
Coming from Scholastic, Fall 2011