NaNoWriMo: A little Editing Inspiration

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in NaNoWriMo, Writing | 0 comments

NaNoWriMo: A little Editing Inspiration

NaNoWriMo is almost over.

If you participated, you’re going to have 50,000 words (maybe more) that need a lot of love. Have no fear! It doesn’t matter if you wrote your novel in a year or in a month, everyone has to edit!

Which is why I love the following quote so much:



It says, “It is perfectly okay to write garbage as long as you edit brilliantly.” This comes from author C.J. Cherryh, who is an award winning novelist best known for her works in fantasy and science fiction. I’d say I agree. One of the biggest reasons people don’t finish their novels, is because of self doubt and constant editing. Try to limit yourself on the editing while you write. The most important thing you can do is write. Not happy with it? That’s fine. That is what editing is for.

I believe we’ve shared this with you before, but just in case you’re unfamiliar, below is an infographic from Winepress of Words that explains the different types of editing out there. These are all the different types of edits that should happen to a manuscript in order to ensure it’s ready to be submitted and / or published.


Types of Editing


What do you think? Do you think that it’s okay to write garbage as long as you edit brilliantly?

Let me know in the comments below!


Jolene Haley, Jolene Haley, @JoleneHaley


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