Monthly Archives: April 2021


Things are moving on rapidly now. I have moved on from trawling through the text backwards (which was a chore, believe me) and have run the Grammarly check. Grammarly is a free download. There is also a paid-for version, which offers more features, but I don’t use it.

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Not me, the book. As I mentioned in a previous post, the first draft topped out at over 138,000 words, which was about 20,000 more than I was expecting. Ever since, I have been editing to get rid of any bloat. And there was some. I still have around 150 pages to go and the total had dropped to just over 125,000 words.

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Going Backwards

I have completed the third pass and am in a good position to bypass the fourth altogether. Only a handful of pages remain without any alterations whatsoever – literally less than ten out of more than four hundred. There is no need to stage a full scan for so few pages,

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Second Pass Completed

I have now completed the biggest two passes of the whole editing process. These both involve reading the entire book from beginning to end. The first was done onscreen, the second on a printout with a coloured highlighter. Printing a substantial block of text out helps to focus the mind and makes the process of ferretting out those examples of poor writing that should never have been there in the first place.

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