For those who don’t know, I’m blogging my way through the alphabet with more than a thousand others who are doing the same. Please support the bloggers of the #AtoZchallenge by visiting, sharing or commenting. It’s fun!
Today, we’re blogging an H word and I’ve chosen Hand-marking a Hard copy. That’s when I go through the pages of my manuscript and mark it up, edit, flesh it out. I critique myself. I wish I didn’t need a Hard copy because sometimes I’m away from home (like this past week) with no way to print out an article or short story for revising, and I find myself in a pickle–especially if I’m on deadline. I wonder if needing a Hard-copy to Hand-mark is a bad habit I acquired years ago. Or if it’s common practice.
I’m curious to know what you all do. Do you edit on your laptop. I can do that to a point, but I prefer a print copy so I can move away from my work area to a clear, comfortable place to read, proof, absorb. If I need to cut pages and paragraphs, I just slash through it and write myself a little note. If I need to fill in with description or introspection, it’s easy to do. Here’s a picture of a book I’m working on. I put it in a three ring binder then give it a read-thru, making changes until I feel I can get back to the computer to do final edits.
Is there an easier way? If so, share with me so I can quit killing trees!