“Dear Aspiring Writer, you are not ready. Stop. Put that finished story away and start another one. In a month, go back and look at the first story. RE-EDIT it. Then send it to a person you respect in the field who will be hard on you. Pray for many many many red marks. Fix them. Then put it away for two weeks. Work on something else. Finally, edit one last time. Now you are ready to sub your first work.
Criticism is hard to take at first. Trust me, I’ve been there. But learn to think of crit marks as a knife. Each one is designed to cut away the bad and leave a scar. Scars prove you’ve lived, learned and walked away a winner. Any writer who tells you they don’t need edits is lying. I don’t care if they have 100 books out. Edits make you grow and if you aren’t growing as a writer, you are dead.” ― Inez Kelley
You would not believe how tempted I was to edit this, but it is great advice.
Perfection is unattainable but you can get very close with patience, revisions, an aggressive editor (that’s me), and thick skin.
When I read book one of the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY trilogy, I was annoyed by the writing as well as the weak characters and misrepresentation of BDSM as shown by E.L. James, but I have to admit to seeing equally poor writing in some of my favorite romance novels.
The Grammarly team has created a fun post, demonstrating how no one is above writing mistakes and although, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY has endured the most when it comes to criticism for its poor writing, some of the greats are guilty too.
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As you can see, behind every great writer should be a good editor, and if you can’t afford one who charges thousands of dollars, and makes you pay for multiple editorial services, you can afford me. Visit me at Romancing Editorially for your editorial needs.
Happy Reading Everyone!