Editing is what you do when you write.

One NOTE: What is below is not the final version. It has not been edited completely. This is just a slash and burn version as they put it. Editing would also involve restructuring sentences, getting rid of overused words among other items. If you really want to edit, I suggest giving the 3 I recommended a try. They have free versions.  The bottom is longer than the 500 words because I “showed” what I was doing.  The original was exactly 500 words.

Slash and Burn? What do you think editing is? The second draft is a “Slash and Burn” as you put it. You need tight concise writing with words that mean exactly what you say not phrases.

For example: very. Very is anemic lacking description.

“I never give advice, but there is one thing I wish you would do when you sit down to write news stories, and that is: Never use the word, ‘very.’ It is the weakest word in the English language; doesn’t mean anything. If you feel the urge of ‘very’ coming on, just write the word, ‘damn,’ in the place of ‘very.’ The editor will strike out the word, ‘damn,’ and you will have a good sentence.” –William Allen White

Get rid of adverbs. They serve no purpose but to point out that your vocabulary is lacking.

I use Ginger, Heminway and ProWritingAid . After I run my chapters through them, I send it to my betas then send to my editor to go over.

Edit your work before publishing. No rough draft is worth paying for.  I read a “book” of 7000 words, unedited. Lacking plot with spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes, she charged 4.99. One thing is certain. She was looking for suckers

You are not a writer if you do not understand the mechanics of writing. You are only playing at it. Writing and editing are work. How you write is vital. You need to learn those skills; if not, why be a writer?


Slash and Burn Really?  Slash and burn?  What do you think editing is?  Cutting unneeded words.  If you expand? You have major problems with your writing.  The second draft is a “Slash and Burn” as you put it.  You need tight concise writing with words that mean exactly what you say not phrases.

For example: very. Very is a very weak word or better put?  Very is anemic.  It doesn’t describe anything, lacking description

“I never give advice, but there is one thing I wish you would do when you sit down to write news stories, and that is: Never use the word, ‘very.’ It is the weakest word in the English language; doesn’t mean anything. If you feel the urge of ‘very’ coming on, just write the word, ‘damn,’ in the place of ‘very.’ The editor will strike out the word, ‘damn,’ and you will have a good sentence.” –William Allen White

Get rid of adverbs. They serve no purpose but to point out that your vocabulary is lacking. If it wasn’t, you wouldn’t be using them. There is a whole list of Slash and Burn here. Use this list.

I‘ve invested in use Ginger, Heminway and ProWritingAid while I edit Standing Stone. And yes, after I run my chapters through them, I send it to my second level betas then I send the chapters to my editor to go over. Hopefully, it makes her work easier.

I have said repeatedly, you must edit your work before publishing. No rough draft is worth paying for.  I just finished reading a “book” of 7000 words, unedited.   It lacked There was no plot.  It was not a chapter.  It had spelling, grammar, punctuation mistakes only a 8 year old could make.  Lacking plot with spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes,  she charged 4.99 for this drivel.   One thing is certain.  She was looking for suckers and she found some.  She had a few 5 start ratings.  We can only hope that they were her sister and her cousins because if they were giving honest reviews and not related, someone needs to find them supervised care.  One was honest enough to say  said,”It’s not a story and it needs edited.” but she gave it a 2 star review. It’s unfair to those who really do deserve 2 stars.

I’ll be blunt. You are not a writer if you do not understand the mechanics of writing. You are only playing at it. Writing is work. and editing is work. Slash and burn is needful. You have no right to charge people to read “a book” that is unreadable because of errors. And I need to ask, do you really want your reader to laugh at you instead of with you? What you write and how you write it is vital. Artsy Fartsy doesn’t work. You need to have skills and writing takes learning those skills and EDITING. Plotting, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, the mechanics of a story are just part of it. If you aren’t working willing to do the work required, why want to be an author?

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2 thoughts on “Editing is what you do when you write.

  1. I prefer to use a machete and a flame thrower when I edit my work. Also do search and destroy missions for unneeded words. I use Hemingway, SmartEdit. ProWriteAid and the free version of Ginger. Also learning to use RightWriter 6.0. 😀 Still hate editing, but these programs do help a lot.

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