How not to edit #WriterWednesday #Amwriting #WritersLife #Humor

There are tons of articles to help the indie author to self-edit her manuscript. I’ve written several myself (here and here and here). Today, I have something different for you. How NOT to edit.

*insert tongue in cheek*

how not to edit 1Do not buy color ink for your printer when you need black ink. Your manuscript will become unreadable and, more importantly, you can’t use a bunch of pretty highlighters.



How not to edit 3Do not forget to buy paper when you are ready to print your manuscript for editing. Although store opening times are more liberal now here in The Netherlands, stores are still not open at 3 a.m. when you are most likely to run out of paper.



How not to edit 2Do not turn on the Do Not Disturb function on your phone and then check your phone for messages. Hint: The Do Not Disturb function does not work if keep using your phone. (Learned this yesterday myself.)


how not to edit 5Do not think you can have a social life by planning several evenings out during your editing period. And definitely don’t drink any alcohol (certainly not too much alcohol) on those nights you do go out. Editing with hangover is definitely a do not do.



how not to edit 7Do not take your coffee machine apart to clean it while taking a short editing break. The chance you can figure out how to put it together while your brain is full of your manuscript is miniscule. Just don’t do it.



how not to edit 6Do not spend all night awake with a sick dog, thinking you are superwoman and don’t need sleep during your editing phase. You do need sleep. Yes, even you.



how not to edit 4

Do not forget to stock up on all the essentials for editing: coffee, milk, snacks, etc. You may find yourself screaming at the refrigerator at 6 a.m. when you realize you have no milk, no food for breakfast, and the store isn’t open for another two hours. Eek!



*This has been a short commercial break from our regularly scheduled program of editing, editing, editing*





9 thoughts on “How not to edit #WriterWednesday #Amwriting #WritersLife #Humor

  1. joab4424 says:

    Even though I’m a reader, not a writer, I found this “How Not To Edit” post helpful. No matter what project we are doing, we should all think ahead. But I have to say, I love your last line about the short commercial break.

    Liked by 1 person

    • D.E. Haggerty says:

      Thinking ahead is essential but when you are bogged down by a project (whatever it may be) thinking ahead seems to be one of the first things to go out the window. Thanks for stopping by!


Comments are closed.