Proof #1 – Paper vs. Screen

Trust me when I say, this is one of those things that you don’t notice until and unless you have to.

I didn’t notice it because until recently, I have always edited on Word. While efficient, yes, it’s definitely worse than via paper. Reason is, after a while, your eyes start to outright blur.

I’ve encountered this big-time when I got the proof. Parts of the book that I could’ve sworn were smooth, well-put together and the like are actually anything but. This was strange, and then I realized: I tried doing an all-over edit in one shot on the screen only and each time, I’d give up because I would either lose my place or just outright forget what I was trying to get at.

My editor, Gayle, quoted The Elements of Style as far as usage of simple, concise words. It’s something that fantasy writing bends, just by the nature of the genre, but there are limits where it gets to be a bit much. There’s also a trend among writers to steer to the style of the authors that they enjoy the most and my favorite genre is 19th Century adventure. Capt. Thomas Mayne Reid is what I grew up reading and while he writes a fantastic story, in his style he tends to get a little long-winded.

It’s things like that – as well as minor inconsistencies – that are a LOT easier to spot on paper.

This is coming along swimmingly so far; let’s keep it up.