I have a love/hate relationship with self-editing. When I am nearing the end of a writing session (I never edit while I write) I can’t wait to edit. I am excited to take that mold of text-clay and shape it into something I can be proud of. When I am through the third revision, hate is the prevailing emotion. To make editing bearable, interesting, and effective, I have these four techniques I use every time. Techniques that can apply to all forms of writing. 1. Let it Ferment Before Editing
Many writers ask me whether they should have a website, as well as writing on other platforms. My answer is always the same, yes it is essential. Websites are notorious as needing a lot of time and work before you monetise them. Not everything we do as writers should bring in instant income. Sometimes you have to play the long game. Put the foundations down now, for work further on. When I started my website, I could have used google ad's to make a small amount of money. I didn't, the followers I had would have made me 1p a month, what was the point. Now I have a substantial following, I have still not monetised my website. I want my readers to have a pleasant experience when they visit. I don't want the bombarded with adverts. This is not to say you can't make money from your website, because you can. Putting the finances aside though, a website is essential to have as a portfolio of your work. A place where prospective employers can come and see your work. A place to show a sample of your writing. Once you have established your website you can then use it to advertise your services.
I have heard many people say this is the worse year they have had. For some this might be true, for the others not. I have had far worse years than this one. The year my best-friend died was very bad. It was also the year my niece was born, so not the worse year. There have been down days and times, but generally, 2020 has been kind to me. I have completed my manuscript. Watched my baby blossom into a cheeky six-month-old. I have also had quality time with my two-year-old. My daughter is on the spectrum and the world has been a scary place for her, until now. I have watched her grown up and develop at lightning speed. How can 2020 be a bad year? There have been bad times. Times of boredom, worries over money, and the constant ache of not seeing my mum. My glass, however, is always half full. I’m not seeing my mum, but at least she is fit and healthy. With everything in life, it is your mindset that controls your experience.