I’m happy to say that I have finished my red-pen revisions for novel WIP#4 this week. They aren’t typed up yet, but it’s a relief to have finished those – and just in time for a well-earned family mini-break this weekend to celebrate my birthday.

I think I’m a bit cruel to myself. Check out the number of sticky-tabs marking the pages with red pen. I’m being glib, of course. As a writer, how can I expect to improve my craft if I don’t give it the red-pen treatment?

I have come a long way with my approach to editing a manuscript. About a decade ago, I hated editing with a passion. Back then, I enjoyed writing a novel, but not revising it. Once a final draft was complete I wanted it done – finished – published. Out into the world and onto the next project.

Producing a quality book simply doesn’t work that way. Wouldn’t it be worse to find typos, or worse – plot holes – in a book after publication? It sends a shiver down my spine to even think about it. Luckily I now have myself an editorial team ready for my current manuscript, to give it the once over after I have typed up the red pen amendments – next week, of course!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/75c5a1ad6956/leilanie-stewart-author-info

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