When editing the draft of my current work in progress, "Goodbye Grammarian", I do the large-scale edits by hand on a printout of the 50K first draft. It lets me get very old school and organic with the document.
|Editing a draft -BEFORE|
What happens as I reach around and over the rings, writing in between them and around them? The ends of the sentences are crammed around the obstacles and my wrist is pinched and twisted. Granted, this wouldn't be an issue for a left-handed writer, but for me, this was distinctly sub-optimal.
|Editing a draft - AFTER|
I took the whole stack out and punched fresh holes in the RIGHT sides of the pages, then reordered them to put them in reverse sequence, e.g. last page first. I then took the entire stack and turned it over before putting it in the binder via the new holes.
Now, the story unfolds in proper sequence with the printed text on the LEFT side. The blank sides of the pages are on the RIGHT, so I can write on them with perfect ease and comfort. My handwritten notes directly refer to the text to be changed.
On the one hand, I feel pretty smart for thinking of this. On the other hand, why the hell didn't I think of this 15,000 words ago?
Even if someone already thought of this, is this the cleverest trick you've ever seen, or what? Assuming you're going to be old school about it (i.e. non-electronic), is there an ever better trick to ease the editing process?
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