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I simply do one revision after another. The first revision is just a read-through. The second revision is a hunt for mistakes and inconsistencies. From there, I do a revision at 200%, then another at 50%, to trick my eyes. Then I print it out and do a revision with that. Then I read it out loud. Then I keep revising - from front to back - until I finally feel like it's ready. Then I finally turn it over to a pro editor. After that, I really have to fight the urge to revise again. Because that's when the sneaky little typos make their appearance.

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Wow! I'm definitely a lazy writer who needs to do more revisions!

Don't you get sick of your story by the end of that?

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I get very sick of it. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Revision upon revision upon revision, ad nauseam.

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Jul 15, 2023ยทedited Jul 15, 2023Author

Do you approach it in layers or everything all at once?

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Do I use a daily word count? ๐Ÿ˜€ Here is my progression on book 2 of my new series.

May 21: 2022 โ€” plus 1012

May 22: 2622 โ€” plus 600

May 23: 4703 โ€” plus 2081

May 24: 6225 โ€” plus 1522

May 25: 6808 โ€” plus 583

May 26: 8380 โ€” plus 1772

May 27: 10096 โ€” plus 1716

May 28: 12104 โ€” plus 2008

May 29: 14182 โ€” plus 2078

May 30: 15421 โ€” plus 1239

May 31: 17506 โ€” plus 2085

June 1: 19877 โ€” plus 2371

June 2: 21737 โ€” plus 1960

June 3: 23563 โ€” plus 1826

June 4: 25892 โ€” plus 2329

June 5: 28104 โ€” plus 2212

June 6: 29883 โ€” plus 1779

June 7: 31863 โ€” plus 1980

June 8: 33242 โ€” plus 1379

June 9: 34625 โ€” plus 1383

June 10: 35936 โ€” plus 1311

June 11: 38161 โ€” plus 2225

June 12: 40170 โ€” plus 2009

June 13: 41864 โ€” plus 1694

June 14: 43866 โ€” plus 2002

June 15: 45910 โ€” plus 2044

June 16: 48064 โ€” plus 2154

June 17: 49135 โ€” plus 1071

June 18: 51352 โ€” plus 2217

June 19: 53560 โ€” plus 2208

June 20: 55816 โ€” plus 2256

June 21: 58778 โ€” plus 2964

June 22: 61131 โ€” plus 2369

June 23: 62954 โ€” plus 1823

June 24: 64985 โ€” plus 2031

June 25: 67003 โ€” plus 2118

June 26: 69142 โ€” plus 2139

June 27: 71220 โ€” plus 2078

June 28: 72354 โ€” plus 1134

June 29: 73492 โ€” plus 1138

June 30: 74834 โ€” plus 1342

July 1: 76556 โ€” plus 1722

July 2: 78659 โ€” plus 2103

July 3: 80855 โ€” plus 2196

July 4: 82574 โ€” plus 1692

July 5: 83992 โ€” plus 1455

July 6: 85383 โ€” plus 1391

July 7: 86951 โ€” plus 1568

July 8: 87366 โ€” plus 415

July 9: 89140 โ€” plus 1774

July 10: 90624 โ€” plus 1484

July 11: 92672 โ€” plus 2048

July 12: 94272 โ€” plus 1600

July 13: 95979 โ€” plus 1707

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Haha ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thanks Jim! It's amazing how quickly daily progress like this turns into a novel.

How do you go about editing a story like that?

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