Gina Lawless Books

April 21, 2012

The Importance of Editing Your Writing

Filed under: Publishing — Gina Lawless @ 7:08 pm
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I know how tediously arduous editing and proofreading your own manuscript is. Believe me! It reminds me of when I was in grade school, having to anxiously get my homework done before I could go out and play with my friends, which was much more important than learning my arithmetics. My teachers reflected on my homework as sloppy and unorganized. Unorganized? How organized can a seven year old be for crying out loud?

When it came to editing my own stuff, it was not an option. Wasn’t gonna do it. I’d written the darn thing, and I was not about to spend the time to edit when I could be on to the next book. I asked my cousin Kerry Lawless, if he could help out in that department, but he’s holding down two jobs and working on his chess website ChessDryad. I felt daunted by the task that I was facing, and decided to dedicate time to it everyday. So inadvertantly, my cousin did me a favor. Thanks, Cuz!

I have to say in all honesty, that by editing my own writing, it has helped me to write better. I could have hired it out, but I’m way to controlling for that.

With all that said, it is of the utmost importance to clean up your writing as best as you can before submitting for publication. Especially, if your an independent. What and how you write is a reflection on you as a professional author. A messy story will not sell. And that will be the end of your story. If you don’t want to DIY, then, by all means, hire someone to do it for you. Ask someone you know to proofread it for you. Just make sure it’s as perfect as you can possibly get it before handing it over to the public to read.

So, polish that sucker until it shines as bright as you want it to.



  1. Every work of art requires polishing… editing what i always think of during even writing

    Comment by ahamin — April 21, 2012 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

    • I try to edit as I write, but then get caught up in the story frame and lose it.

      Comment by ginaray — April 21, 2012 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

      • Yeah its hard… no matter how much i try i always get mistakes… being an editor is extremely hard… i try my best but eventually i get to pay someone to do it 😛

        Comment by ahamin — April 21, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

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