Category Archives: editing

It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all […]

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  • Mark KoopmansSeptember 3, 2014 - 1:46 AM


    Oh yes, sometimes a change is perspective is much needed- and wanted 🙂

    Good luck with that 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth HeinSeptember 3, 2014 - 7:16 AM

    Changing POV can be tricky. I went through that process a few years ago when I rewrote an entire novel from the third person past tense to the first person past tense. It was painful but well worth it because I could capture the MC’s inner thought better in the first person.
    Good luck with the edits.
    Elizabeth Hein – Scribbling in the Storage RoomReplyCancel

    • LucindaSeptember 3, 2014 - 9:20 AM

      Yes, changing POVs is hard work but I’m confident it will make the story better. Thanks for the visit!ReplyCancel

  • Diane BurtonSeptember 3, 2014 - 8:44 AM

    Like you, I procrastinate on blogging. I wrote my post this morning. LOL Great attitude toward your edits. Pass some of that over here. I need it.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaSeptember 3, 2014 - 9:18 AM

      Thanks for the visit, Diane! Sending you lots of editing vibes!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle WallaceSeptember 3, 2014 - 9:19 AM

    I’m sure it’s a challenge writing in more than one POV. You’re approaching it with the correct attitude, so that’s a plus!
    Good luck!
    Happy IWSG Day!ReplyCancel

  • Donna K. WeaverSeptember 3, 2014 - 12:55 PM

    Isn’t it fun to see where the suggestions take you?ReplyCancel

    • LucindaSeptember 3, 2014 - 7:59 PM

      My character is definitely happy. 😉ReplyCancel

  • EE GiorgiSeptember 3, 2014 - 5:35 PM

    I’ve never done that but it sounds like a great exercise to rework exactly the same scene from a totally different POV… one can learn a lot from it!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaSeptember 3, 2014 - 8:01 PM

      Yes, it’s required a lot of concentration and an ability to turn a mirror on the same scene. Thanks for the visit!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon LawrenceSeptember 5, 2014 - 2:26 AM

    I’m working on changing POV on something (possibly removing one person’s POV, because I don’t feel I’ve made that character strong enough.) It’s a lot to ponder. Good luck as you do your edits!ReplyCancel

  • AngelineSeptember 5, 2014 - 10:57 PM

    I’ve done exactly the same thing before. When I’m writing, if the story simply isn’t working, I tend to find it is one of two things – either I started the story in the wrong place (too early or too late), or I’m using the wrong POV character. It’s amazing how much you can change a story by changing the POV.

    And I’ve had times when I’ve written a story in 1st person, and gone onto my next story in 3rd person, and I struggle to keep the 1st person out of it; I keep slipping up. So well done on doing it chapter by chapter – that must have been quite a feat!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon LawrenceOctober 2, 2014 - 9:21 PM

    I’ve been focusing on short stories, so have been in heavy edits of the ones I’ve gotten critiques on the last few months. I was so focused on submitting the ones I had edited and writing new ones for critique group that I got behind on editing the new ones.ReplyCancel

  Today on the blog I have McKenna Gardner, who is an editor at Xchyler Publishing.     Tell me a bit about yourself and your background. What did you study in college? I grew up all over the country. Though born in Idaho, I’ve lived in twenty-five different homes and learned at an early […]

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  • D. Robert PeaseAugust 21, 2014 - 9:59 AM

    A great interview with one of my favorite online peeps.ReplyCancel

  • Nissa AnnakindtAugust 22, 2014 - 8:58 AM

    I love this interview. Gives a fascinating glimpse into the publishing aspect of things.ReplyCancel

  • John OAugust 30, 2014 - 10:18 PM

    The reprint of this over at the Xchyler blog has a typo in the author bio at the bottom. It changes in and out of first person a couple of times. :O Don’t you hate those partial edits?ReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 31, 2014 - 6:33 PM

      Hi, John. I did notice that. I’ve since fixed my bio to 3rd person. Thanks for the visit.ReplyCancel

  • […] following is a reblog from Author Lucinda Whitney, when she interviewed our senior editor, McKenna Gardner from August […]ReplyCancel

A common complaint I hear from readers against indie (or self-published) books is the lack of editing. With Amazon and other platforms making it so easy to publish, there are lots of writers who upload a book without any kind of edits, which is painfully obvious from the first few pages. There are also lots […]

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  • Crystal CollierJune 11, 2014 - 12:27 PM

    You know, I like the entire process. Granted, I may prefer the second draft because it’s so malleable and you’re really looking to stretch, strengthen and amp it up in every regard. I guess it’s the creativity involved after the raw clay is sitting in front of you.

    As a reader, I don’t mind a typo or five, but when a word is used wrong or a character motivation is off, that’s when I debate putting the story down.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaJune 11, 2014 - 12:59 PM

      Agreed, Crystal. The other day I picked up a book by Bethany House and on the first page of the first chapter the word “prosperity” was used instead of “posterity” (in relation to photographs). That was it for me, I had to put the book down.ReplyCancel

Go ahead, pat me on the back— I’ve reached a new milestone. After almost six months of editing, and with the help of an awesome team of beta-readers, I’ve declared my manuscript finished. I’m using the above minion as my own merit badge. Yay, go me! The truth is, I had to give myself a […]

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  • Brea BrownJuly 30, 2013 - 12:24 AM

    Squeeeeeee! Exciting times!ReplyCancel

What is it about the first day of Spring that brings a sense of renewal and hope? After all, it’s mostly a calendar event- the weather today here in Utah is cloudy and a bit cold (at least for me). And I haven’t seen any crocuses yet. Aren’t those pretty though? I did take that […]

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  • Melanie SkeltonMarch 20, 2013 - 9:40 PM

    When it’s going well I love the editing process. Other times I just feel stuck and don’t know how to resolve a particular problem. But its pretty exciting when I have the aha that brings that character more to life or brings the pieces of the story togetherReplyCancel

  • LucindaMarch 21, 2013 - 9:59 AM

    It’s true, Melanie, it feels so much better when it’s going well. But even when it’s not, I like to at least to some copy editing so I don’t lose the connection with it.ReplyCancel

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