I don’t know about you but it seems like when I’m ghostwriting a book or other long manuscript, I can only be effective editing on screen up to a point. Maybe it’s my age or maybe there really is something to it. But I find I ultimately have to print the manuscript and go away to the computer with pen in hand to edit.
Take this morning for example. I’m ghostwriting an allegory and we’ve just about settled on the characters and setting. The client, however, wanted critical information introduced to the heroine by a different person than I had originally written. That means significant rewriting.
Yesterday I did all my work on screen. I edited the prologue which introduces the heroine and her mentor, and sets the stage with the problems she’s to solve. Using material we had originally developed for a different sort of book, I created a very rough draft of the first chapter.
This morning I edited both on screen then, knowing I was going to send off both later today, printed them. Taking a fresh cup of coffee into my garden, I scribbled all over the whole manuscript. Now it’s almost time for me to make those corrections, additions, etc.
Consistently I find my eye picks up things on the paper that it won’t see onscreen. The truth is even when it’s my own work, once it’s on the computer screen I tend to scan.
How about you? Do you need to print a copy to edit well?
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