2017 THEME: Editing Fiction (Because that's what I'm in the middle of doing.)
What is the Blogging from A to Z challenge and where can I find more participants? Right here.
Checking your Facts is yet another step of the editing process. Beyond doing research, if your story requires it, I'm talking about making sure one and one equal two all the way through your novel. This pass is best to do after you've had some time away from your piece so you can visit it with fresh eyes.
Six guys walk into the bar, but only five are involved in the brawl you write once they get inside.
Her name is Sara at the beginning of the novel, but Sarah by the end.
It was morning when they left the city. Eight hours have passed on our adventures and now we're sitting down to a tasty lunch and no one is overly hungry.
A space ship attaches to another and attacks. It is defeated. The war goes on. Are we flying around with that thing still attached?
Your character was grievously injured, but in the next scene they are fine. It's a miracle!
Your character sleeps naked. They get up suddenly from bed to deal with a situation, and no one says anything...or maybe you should give them a second to get dressed.
There are a myriad of these little details throughout a story that need to be looked over. Does everyone's hair/skin/eyes remain the same color? Do they magically change clothes during scenes? Did that important thing in the pocket of their coat, suddenly appear in the pocket of their pants when they needed it?
Is your spiffy technology accessed by a hand print on a panel in scene six or scan like in scene twenty-two?
Sometimes (very often) we get engrossed in writing and forget to keep track of these things. Which is why it's important to pay attention to them during your editing passes. Take notes. I have a notebook for just such a purpose while I'm editing, jotting down any names, facts and numbers that seem important as I read so that I can verify them throughout.
Now that you've seen some of my goofs, what's the biggest/funniest thing you've overlooked while writing?
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