Edits: Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth @mroth_author

Hey there, kids. Welcome back to another fantastic installment of Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth. Today I’ll be discussing edits. Now that you’ve gotten all of those neat, shiny words on the page.. you have to make them into something readable.


For many, this is one of the worst parts about writing. Right up there with the dreaded suck-nopsis and query letter. For me, it’s not so bad though. Truth be told… I kind of like the little system I’ve developed for myself.

Disclaimer:ย Just because I’m telling you how I do things, doesn’t mean that I’m telling you that you should do them this way. Ultimately, you’ve got to find a system/style that works for you.

Ultimately, editing is a necessary evil in the writing process. Much as I’d love to think that every word that flies from my finger tips is pure gold… it isn’t. Sometimes whole scenes are just utter crap and must be destroyed. Here’s how I do it:

So.. typically, I will sit down with whatever story that I’m working on. I’ve usually got a general idea of what’s going to happen, and when. And I write.

The next time I sit down, I re-read (and tinker with what I wrote) and then I write some more. Rinse, repeat, until the book is done. Then I re-read from start to finish, letting things marinate in my mind for a few days.

Then I break out my trusty (metaphorical) red pen and start hacking things to bits. I change the order of some sentences, remove some. Work on phrasing, grammar, punctuation, etc. It usually takes me a couple of days to do this.

Then I let it all marinate, make any quick last minute changes, then *bam* off to the publisher it goes.

You’re all wincing, now, aren’t you? This goes against everything you’ve ever been told about writing.

WELL DON’T YOU JUDGE ME!!! ย (I kid, I kid)

I’ve done the beta reader thing. I’ve done the “send chapters at a time” thing. I’ve done critique groups. I kind of suck at that stuff. I find that I prefer a more independent approach. It is, ultimately, entirely up to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next week, I bid you farewell and adieu!



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About Michelle Roth

Michelle Roth is a novelist from the Great White North (Toronto, ON). When sheโ€™s not disappearing into foreign lands, or making two perfect strangers that she invented fall in love, sheโ€™s probably curled up somewhere with a glass of wine and a good book. In her spare time she is typically hanging out with her awesome boyfriend and their two equally awesome cats. She likes taking road trips to nowhere in particular, cooking elaborate meals then making other people do the dishes, and being nerdy on the internet. Her books are currently available on http://www.bookstrand.com/michelle-roth

5 thoughts on “Edits: Freaky Friday with Michelle Roth @mroth_author

  1. I like a more independent approach as well! Especially for romance. For other genres, I like my readers to read for confusion or inconsistencies, but I find my romance doesn’t leave much room for that. XD
    I edit by opening a blank word document, copying the old draft in, hitting enter a few times to the top, and just rewriting. That way, I have the plot there for reference, and delete it as I go to make way for the new. It works for me since I find my first drafts to be so horrid I have to do a thorough rewrite. :}

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  2. I love it. I write the book start to finish, run it through Grammerly.com, and then let it sit for. Couple of days. I then make it a pdf and send it to my kindle and read it like it’s another authors book. (My “new way”) and take notes. I makes changes after that. Run through Grammerly.com again and then send it off ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. I did go, whaaat? No beta reader? **giggles*

    I wouldn’t dream of sending something off without having Raven’s discerning eyes run over it, in addition to rigorous self editing, and I know it’s the same for her, when she’s ready to sub a story, but that’s us ๐Ÿ™‚

    You’re so right that we all have to find what works for us, but that fresh pair of eyes sure does catch a lot of silly mistakes, we, as authors just don’t see, because we’re too close to the story.

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