How to Track Your Editing Progress

Last time, I shared David Greenshell’s invention of LeNoWriCha (the Legendary Novel Writing Challenge) as an alternative to or supplement for NaNoWriMo, to give more motivation to write via a more customized reward system and positive feedback loop.  So far, it’s been working really well.  I tend to stay more in the Easy and Normal range with a few more Incomplete days than I would like…but I also get a few Heroic and Legendary days in there, so that makes me happy.  I’m still plugging away on my Dark Crystal Project, and am reaching the end of my first draft.

Which means very soon I’ll begin editing and revising.  Which opens a whole new kettle of fish.

I now have LeNoWriCha to track my daily writing progress and give me rewards.  But what about editing?  How do you track that?

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The Importance of Editing

Welcome to the New Year!  I hope everyone had a very fun (and safe) holiday; I know I did.  I’m particularly excited about 2012 because it’s the Year of the Dragon, and, being a Dragon, I’m supposed to have a lot of good luck!  Here’s hoping….

And now we return you to your regularly scheduled writing rant.  (Writer’s Rant.  I like that!)

Today’s topic is editing and editors.  Editors get a bad rap.  I have a book of quotations for writers and all of the quotes that deal with editors are negative.  As an editor myself, that makes me sad and a trifle defensive.  Editors are portrayed as butchers who callously rip the heartfelt masterpiece of the artist to shreds without any regard for the heart and soul of the story or the feelings of its creator.

To an extent, they are right.

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