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  • January 29, 2018

An Edit In Time!

Finally, after two months or so I have finished another task. I think my eyes want to bulge out of my head or maybe fall out, but it is done. What is done? Why, plenty of editing fun.

I went back and re-edited all 16 of my novels released. I no longer need to super cringe at the earlier ones. That is always a perk. I’m not saying any are perfect, as that will never be the case for any book, but the earlier ones are definitely better now.

I can see how I learned a lot more since I released my first novel in 2011 as well. Plenty of head hopping, more showing than telling than needed, repetition that clearly wasn’t needed, more dialogue tags than needed, idioms a plenty, and a few other little things.

My earlier ones definitely had more issues than the newer ones, which makes sense, but my OCD wanted me to do them all and so I did. I only found one misspelled word in my latest, disdain not distain (idiot), so those ones were easier.

Still, it is nice to have that task done and actually see growth in my writing. I did it for me as I was curious how much growth came due and what mistakes I made in the past. Always good to know you’re learning as you keep moving ahead, or in this case use the past to move ahead.

Now I have to edit the 5 novels I have yet to release. At least I won’t be doing them all at once as they are in various stages and such.

Ever go back and re-edit any of your novels? Ever thought of going back and re-editing any of your novels? Can you see your growth as a writer from when you first started?

Enjoy life, forget the strife.


Alex J. Cavanaugh

2018-01-29 14:06:49 Reply

You have the advantage of being able to do that, so it only makes sense to bring them all up to standards.
I was allowed to go back and re-edit my first book with my publisher’s help and wow, what a difference between it and my last book!

    Pat Hatt

    2018-01-29 21:30:31 Reply

    Yep, it sure does show the difference from one to the next.


2018-01-29 14:46:04 Reply

What a tremendous accomplishment! Congratulations! Yes, going back and editing does reveal growth, maturity and changes in personality and passions. Every once in a while I get a chance to go back to edit early blog posts, from before I had a real grasp for writing html… now there’s a scary task!!! 🙂

    Pat Hatt

    2018-01-29 21:31:21 Reply

    haha Your blog posts must be a bit more of a pain, getting everything set up right and such.


2018-02-03 01:11:08 Reply

Hi Pat – well done … and that sort of thing does satisfy the soul. Glad the next 5 will be easier and you can pace when you do them … good luck – cheers Hilary

    Pat Hatt

    2018-02-03 10:37:19 Reply

    Yeah, just gives you a sense of done and relaxation sets in.

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