Post-conference editing

We edit our work all the time.  If you are like me, you are always tweaking something.  One of the things I heard this weekend at the conference I attended was - that rewriting is writing.  I have been trying to tell people this for years.  Many authors think they are not writing if they are not coming up with something new every day.  I always feel that even editing your work is writing because it is part of the writing process.

While it would be nice to create something new every day, it just isn't feasible to have that happen.  We would never improve upon our writing if we did not take the opportunity to reread what we have written in the throes of inspiration and rewrite it.  So, what does this have to do with 'post-conference editing'?

How many of you have attended conferences in the past - whether it's a small, more intimate conference, a medium sized conference like Chicago-North's Spring Fling, or the mammoth size like our RWA conference coming up in Anaheim.  What is good about conferences is that you come away revitalized.  You want to dive right into your writing and leave all the garbage behind.  All those troubles you had this morning are gone.  All those worries in your car have disappeared.  You come up with new ideas.  You suddenly understand what was not working in you novel and you start to rewrite it.

So, before you send your manuscript to the editor or agent who requested it, make sure you check for all typos.  This is the biggest part.  If you have time, ask a friend to read it over once more.  Of course you will rethink everything, but go with your gut.  If it feels right, then keep it.  If it doesn't hit you right, then change it.

Most importantly - you pitched a good story.  If you change it now, it will not be the story that got the attention of the editor or agent.  Fixing typos is one thing, but changing the plot or the main characters might not be in your best interest.

I'm just saying.

Of course, you do what you want, but that is my small piece of wisdom for the day.


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