Self-Editing from Page Zero with Mary DeSantis

Craft Self-Editing from Page Zero with Mary DeSantis

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If you’re anything like me, you’re a pantser, which means outlines make no sense and you hit the ground running on page one. Everything chugs along beautifully up to your inciting incident. Suddenly, there are multiple possibilities for your plot and so many choices for your characters to make. And…omigod! My heroine feels so flat, and there’s a half-elf who needed to be introduced on page twelve, and I’ll just go back and add in this one thing. I won’t edit. I’ll just…oh, a misspelling. Let me fix that…another one…why are the love interest’s eyes suddenly blue instead of green…?

And just like that, the forward momentum dies as you fall into the editing-to-perfection trap.

Sound familiar?

You’ve probably heard not to edit until you finish the rough draft, that getting the story down is the most important thing. But hearing is a lot different than understanding how to do that when it feels like your story is falling to bits. You aren’t alone, and I’m here to impart some hard-earned wisdom about how to edit as you go without getting trapped. And even how to edit before you write a single word.

-We’ve all heard to start editing when you’ve finished the rough draft—not before. Don’t revise as you go. Don’t go back to read and risk following into the perfectionist rabbit hole. Heck, don’t even spellcheck.
-I agree—don’t go back into your draft. Just keep writing. But there are ways to edit as you go that don’t involve rereading or spellchecking what you’ve written. In fact, you can start editing before you write the first word, and I’m not talking about an outline.

In this class, you’ll learn:
*What informed decisions to make about your story before you write a single word
*How to edit your story idea before you start writing
*How to edit as you go without breaking stride
*How to keep track of “edits” in a clear and confusion-free way
*Tips for incorporating your “edits” after you finish the draft
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Mary DeSantis
Start date
Oct 19, 2020 at 9:00 AM
End date
Oct 25, 2020 at 1:00 AM
Registration end date
Oct 21, 2020 at 1:00 AM
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