There are many layers of editing to create a polished interesting story that will entice your audience. This guide helps me systematically get through the layers when editing a story. Some layers you can self-edit, ask friends to read for interest, and hire an editor to do final editing or content editing if needed. When I wrote my first draft of Vegetable Kids in the Garden, my daughter whom I hired to edit the story said, "You didn't think you could write a children's story in three hours did you?" My other daughter thought the talking dancing vegetables sounded like they were on drugs. After content self-editing and rewriting, my editor helped me with the flow, content, and grammar. A year later, after hiring Russel Wayne to create amazing illustrations, I publishing the book. I was pleased I took the time to publish a book I was very proud of.
Story Editing Guide by Nancy J. Miller, M.S.
What does a writer do when hit with a tough virus that is hard to knock out? This one watches “Once Upon a Time” on Netflix and reads Outlander on my iPad. Enjoying amazing imagination and creativity while venturing into alternate time and space is quite the best medicine. A little Niquil relaxes the cough and puts me in a pleasant daze for zoning out on fantasy.
Sometimes our bodies tell us we need to stop and heal gaining new insights and direction. Visiting enchanted lands and sliding into the past or future brings a new dimension to writing, thinking, and the creative mind. I ask myself, “If I wasn’t stuck in this office, if I could travel wherever I wanted, what would I do?”
If I wasn’t afraid of monsters, dragons, or what people would think, what could be possible? I often feel like I am not afraid. I am doing all that I can do until I face the unknown; the impossible; the dive out of my comfort and see what is possible.
If this seems a little foggy, unclear, or unnecessary it may be the cold medicine. Or maybe it’s because of all of the time spent with heroes, villains, bold princesses, and the tough Highland Scots. I highly recommend indulging in fantasy whenever possible.
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Nancy Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor, Life Coach, and writer. Nancy will assist you with story ideas, organizing your book whether fiction or nonfiction, and choosing a method for publishing and printing.