Editing with Scrivener

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It’s early and I’ve finished editing/revising my first 3 chapters, which became 4.5 chapters. During the evenings this week I’ve edited using pen and paper. Some pages resembled one of Charlie Brown’s pen pal letters. Pencil might be better. This weekend, a breakthrough! I haven’t been able to edit using Word, so I used pen and paper. But yesterday, I started putting my edits into my Scrivener novel file. I found working with chapter sections in Scrivener was easy because you can see the whole section at once (unless there is only one section to the  chapter). My next edits will be while I read aloud from my Kindle. I’ll highlight the stuffs that don’t sound right. After that, the chapters will be ready for my editor.

Poll time. How do you like to edit/revise?

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  2. I do my first round of edits on screen using Scrivener. Then every 5 chapters I print and polish with a good old fashioned pen and paper and make the changes in Scrivener again. I find I spot more using this approach

  3. I like Word Processor for the first, big-picture edits — where you’re basically re-wording half the book anyway. And then pen and paper for the more specific, detailed edits further down the editing road.

  4. I used to do my editing through Word only, but I found that doing a single paper/pencil run makes it feel like I’m reading a real book. It does an interesting perspective change.

    Polls are fun. I need to think of one to do.

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