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A Day In The Life Of An Editor

by - Thursday, June 09, 2011

I've been privileged to edit 2 novels this summer. "Privileged", meaning, it's a lot to handle but I'm glad to do it anyway.

The only problem is, I've never edited a novel before in my life. In my life. And I have 16 days to edit 16 chapters & 85 pages, respectively, in order to get the aforementioned projects done by June 25th.

I'm not going to make excuses, but that's kind of why I've been a bit absent in the blogging world.

I'm editing both my novel, Reese's Pieces, and Georgie Penn's novel, The Way We Think, so that we can both get real proof copies of our novels by the end of June. It's pretty exciting, albeit kind of boggling in that I have no idea what I'm doing. I must be crazy. Yeah, that's it. I'm crazy.

Since yesterday, I've taken on an interesting lifestyle. It goes something like this:

  1. Wake up.
  2. Come downstairs and eat a bagel.
  3. Wait till naptime.
  4. Take a shower.
  5. Come downstairs.
  6. Help clean up the kitchen.
  7. Ask Mom if you can edit.
  8. Get on the computer.
  9. Procrastinate by getting on chat.
  10. Open a document.
  11. Start to edit.
  12. Chat some more.
  13. Get serious about editing.
  14. Finish a chapter of The Way We Think, aka Novel To Edit #1.
  15. Open the notebook of Reese's Pieces, aka Novel To Edit #2.
  16. Chat some more.
  17. Open the document for Novel To Edit #2.
  18. Type up some of Novel To Edit #2.
  19. Fret about how much my novel stinks.
  20. Get some dark chocolate.
  21. Feel better.
  22. Edit some more.
  23. Repeat.
Wish me luck!

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5 inklings / what say you?

  1. You are an angel ma'dear. I award you the awesome friend/all time writer award.

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  2. Wow, it sounds like a great day to me! Especially the starting with a bagel part. **swoons**

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  3. Good luck! It sounds like a big job, but I'm sure you'll do fine!

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  4. Good luck!!! Sounds like fun!
    Actually, I'm looking into editing as a career. I've edited a few stories (not finished novels though) and I'm really enjoying it. I'd like to be an editor someday. Especially if my day gets to look like yours. xD
    I've edited a story for my best friend/cousin, which was in SERIOUS need of editing, but I helped that,
    a fanfiction story for my friend, which is being posted on Fanfiction.net with my edits,
    and I edit stories for another friend of mine (once again thru fanfic.net) and they get published with my edits as well!! :)
    So I'm getting experience. Haha, great post!

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