JRWC12 Tidbit #3 – The Value of Critiques & Self-Editing
When looking back at my choices of what panels to attend at the 2012 James River Writers Conference, I began to see patterns and one of them was on editing/critique.
|Wield Thoughtfully The Powerful Red Pen|
- Don’t self-edit while composing that first draft. Pour it all out and then go back to edit
- Be a developmental editor – evaluating character, pacing, plot, and voice – not just grammar
- Don’t skimp on the fact checking (was there really a full moon on January 6, 1995?) and don’t rely strictly on the web (unvetted and notoriously unreliable). Librarians are priceless resources.
- When considering a professional editor, especially for those going the route of self-publishing, carefully vet your choice. Some resources suggested: The Editorial Freelancers Association and Professional Editors Network
Sadly, I had to leave before the session was finished (hosting duties), but I was very happy I sat in on this one for as long as I could. Those editor association links alone will be invaluable IMHO.