#AmEditing #CreganeCourt

Finally, I finished my third novel and took a deep, deep, breath. This novel was a struggle because I was new to the characters of Cregane Court. That’s what happens when you write a series first. In my previous two novels, the Lacey Taylor series, the characters are like family to me. In fact now that I’ve started on the final book of this series, (my fourth novel) it is like spending time with good friends, a reunion of sorts.

But back to this other novel, with new characters and a new story, Cregane Court. As you all know once the first draft is down, then the real work starts. Editing. I printed out all 76000+ words. First, I looked for plot holes as I read through, next read through and following reads, grammar, spellings, characters eyes, hair etc. remained the same from start to finish, word/phrase repetition, and so on. Now that I’m blue in the face from reading this book, which I’m close to saying I’m sick of it, I’m happy that I’ve brought it up to a good standard. It will be emailed out to my trusty beta readers and then, guess what? More editing. It is non-stop work to polish your book to a shine that when the moment comes to submit it to an agent or publisher, you’re happy to do so. Cregane Court is now on its fifth or is it sixth draft? Next is taking some time away from it and getting back to the third instalment of Lacey’s story.

Final thoughts on editing, do not rush into it. Once you’ve finished your project, step away. For how long depends on you, a few days, weeks, months, it is your choice. You will need fresh rested eyes to start editing, you will be fine-tooth combing each line and like I said above, you will become fed up of the story as you will be knee-deep familiar with each word.

But do not make the mistake of going over and over the work, unending editing is what I’m talking about, feeling if you should change this or delete that, having edited it maybe six or seven drafts already. Knowing when to stop, usually if your beta readers are happy and you have dealt with any edits suggested by them, for me I use this as the final hurdle. Taking that step to send it out is daunting but you must do it. To progress your writing life, you must let go and press the send button.  

Once out in the big world, it is back to the wash rinse repeat action, new writing, new editing, and submitting. Here I go again, until next post,

Happy writing xx


Published by marytbradford

Family is important to Mary and her writing reflects the ups and downs of it all, and what people go through daily. She has been writing short stories for several years and enjoys success with her fiction in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies both in Ireland and abroad, namely Germany, India, and the US. Her stories have been both short/long listed in various competitions. It was because of this success, Mary took the plunge and self-published her first collection of stories titled, A Baker’s Dozen (2012). When one of her stories kept growing she ended up with her first published novel, My Husband's Sin. This novel turned into a trilogy, with book 2, Don't Call Me Mum, and book 3, No More Secrets following it. Her latest novel, To Live With A Stranger, is based on her Grandmother's country cottage and is a firm favourite with readers. Mary continues to write novels, novellas, and short stories, dabbling too in playwrighting. In 2019, Mary attended the University of Limerick and studied for a MA in Creative Writing, receiving First Class Honours. When taking a break from writing and reading Mary loves to crochet. Living in County Cork, Ireland, she is married and is a mother of four children. Having overcome open heart surgery in 2008, Mary made the decision to dedicate more time to her writing. With her children raised and starting to spread their wings, this became possible. Now, Mary is also a Nana, a role that brings her happiness and lots of love.

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