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Writing Rituals Tag

I’m doing a writer tag! This was created by the lovely Kim Chance (who had her cover reveal for Keeper today!) and Mandi Lynn. Click the links to see their videos! Since I’m a freelance editor, I’m going to tweak this tag a little bit and tell you about my editing habits!

  1. When do you edit? (time of day, day of week) I edit any time of day because I love what I do, and I work hard to be on top of my deadlines, but my favorite time is in the mid-morning because my mind is fresh, clear, and ready to tackle anything.
  2. How do you seclude yourself from the outside world? This might seem weird, but whether writing or editing, I work better with noise, so I don’t seclude myself. Having headphones in does help me focus, however.
  3. How do you review what you edited the previous day? I do review my edits and comments, but I do it after I’ve gone through the whole manuscript at least once. This allows me to see my comments in a new light and make sure I raised all the relevant questions, both as I was reading, and concerning the overall arc of the manuscript.
  4. What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired? When I feel unmotivated to work, I usually turn on my Pandora, which is a weird mix of Fall Out Boy, Bastille, Imagine Dragons, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift (her 1989 album), Sara Barielles and everything Broadway. Twin Skeletons by Fall Out Boy is always a favorite, as is Chasing the Sun by Sara Barielles. My current Broadway jam is the cast album for Anastasia the Musical.
  5. What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with editor’s block? If I ever don’t know how to advise an author, I take the knowledge I’ve gained both from talking to them and reading their manuscript, and then I try to think, “If this were my manuscript, and this was the message I wanted to get across, what changes would I make? This almost always involves an extra Skype call or email session with the author just to make sure I understand their vision in the most detailed way possible. At the end of the day, the authors are giving me a piece of themselves, and I work hard to honor that.  I try to treat each manuscript with the passion and careful critique that I would want from an editor receiving my work.
  6. What tools do you use when you’re editing? Just plain ol’ MS Word, honestly.
  7. What’s the one thing you can’t live without during an editing session? Track Changes is a godsend because I can comment and suggest revisions without disturbing the text, and the author has the freedom to use or discard my input as they see fit.
  8. How do you fuel yourself during your editing session? Hard candies. I love having something to suck on while I’m working. Wether’s caramels are the best. And coffee, if it’s early in the morning.
  9. How do you know when you’re done editing? I usually do one of two things. If I’m doing a manuscript critique, I set a page count for the day (which varies depending on the length of the work and it’s deadline). If I’m doing line edits, I set a timer at thirty minute intervals and take breaks in between. I also like to have multiple projects going at once, because it keeps my mind sharp. I call the day a success when I’ve gotten through at least one rotation of each of my projects, but I like to get through as much as I can as long as I feel fresh enough to do so.

Questions:

When do you write? (time of day, day of week)
How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?
How do you review what you wrote the previous day?
What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?
What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?
What tools do you use when you’re writing?
What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?
How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?
How do you know when you’re done writing?

I tag              @rwritesfantasy  and all of my other lovely followers on all my social media platforms! You guys are the best!

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As always, keep making magic, word weavers!

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