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Post by Forest Shepherd Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:21 pm

Of course it was Lance!! I should have seen that coming.

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"The earth was rushing past like a river or a sea below him. Trees and water, and green grass, hurried away beneath. A great roar of wild animals rose as they rushed over the Zoological Gardens, mixed with a chattering of monkeys and a screaming of birds; but it died away in a moment behind them. And now there was nothing but the roofs of houses, sweeping along like a great torrent of stones and rocks. Chimney-pots fell, and tiles flew from the roofs..."
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Post by Mrs Figg Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:10 pm

and 7 years ago Shocked
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Post by Lancebloke Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:22 pm

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Post by Forest Shepherd Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:42 pm

Hey these things don't just disappear you know.

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Post by Lancebloke Mon Jan 16, 2023 11:39 am

Was just thinking about this today. I wrote the whole first draft and had started to go back through the manuscript to clean it all up but never finished it. Even got a cover designed!

Maybe one of these days I will make the time and have the patience to do it. The creative part is fun, the editing part is very tedious!
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Post by halfwise Mon Jan 16, 2023 2:29 pm

Not many writers seem to think the writing process is a joy.  Kids often think it's a joy because they don't realize what shit they're writing; adults have to pound their heads to turn it into something worth reading.

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Post by Mrs Figg Mon Jan 16, 2023 5:17 pm

yep lots of head pounding happens. No editing is a pain in the bum.
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Post by Lancebloke Mon Jan 16, 2023 7:24 pm

I really enjoyed the creative process. I just want someone else to puck it up and clean up the language, inconsistencies and other crap that requires attention to that detail.

I tried to! I even got a book cover designed!
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Post by Forest Shepherd Mon Jan 16, 2023 7:47 pm

I like editing. Smile

But I figure after one has pored over something enough times it would drive one crazy to try again.

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Post by halfwise Tue Jan 17, 2023 3:11 am

I like editing other people's work, not mine.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Tue Jan 17, 2023 6:23 pm

{{ I've a ton of stuff you two can happily edit Halfy and Forest! Twisted Evil I hate editing, I find it a very difficult process as not only am I a dyslexic typer but I find when I read back my own stuff I often see what I know should be there rather than seeing the typo or other error that is there. Its very annoying as it means concentrating very hard on each individual word rather than reading in the normal fashion. I liken it to the difference between writing, driving a very good expensive sports car on amazing roads, and editing, taking the entire car apart down to individual screws and checking each one over for any possible flaw. I prefer driving and Im not a great mechanic! Evil or Very Mad }}

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Post by halfwise Fri Feb 10, 2023 4:42 pm

I think the key to editing your own work is you have to put it aside long enough to forget what you wrote. Otherwise as you say you glide over your own words without actually seeing them; the intended meaning is too strong in your mind to see what's actually on the page.

It might be like seeing yourself in the mirror vs in a photo. When you are surveying your active self you don't see the wrinkles and sags that are frozen in time in a photo. when reading something freshly written the mind is still actively working it, so you don't see the frozen details.

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Post by Lancebloke Fri Feb 10, 2023 7:46 pm

8 years should be enough but I still don't want to do it!!
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Post by halfwise Fri Feb 10, 2023 8:48 pm

I think rather than editing what you want to do is look at it as an outline: you've figured out the plot and characters, now rewrite it in a style that you like better. It should flow easier since all the technical details have been worked out. Look over each chapter to get it in your head then rewrite from scratch.

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Post by Mrs Figg Fri Feb 10, 2023 10:29 pm

just pay someone to do it.
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Post by Lancebloke Sat Feb 11, 2023 8:26 am

Mrs Figg wrote:just pay someone to do it.

That's costs about £1 per word.
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Post by Mrs Figg Sat Feb 11, 2023 9:14 am

you can get AI to do it,

https://renaissancerachel.com/best-ai-novel-writing-software/#:~:text=You%20can%20use%20AI%20as,it%20more%20readable%20for%20readers.
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Post by Lancebloke Sat Feb 11, 2023 5:02 pm

Yeah... not so much.

We mess about with A.I. for work stuff and it's still pretty cringey in those kinds of areas. Probably not for too much longer though.
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Post by Mrs Figg Sat Feb 11, 2023 8:53 pm

I think AI means the end of human intelligence. People will be too lazy to stop use their brains and AI will take over.
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Post by halfwise Sun Feb 12, 2023 3:22 am

Already happened. Ask your typical teenager to add 17 + 9. They'll pull out their phone and start punching the calculator.

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