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  1. I agree with you that it’s a lot more difficult to edit your own work than someone else’s. I proofread the heck out of my blog posts and still find the occasional typo, or downright goof

    “Do you really need a two page description of your character’s front garden where none of the action in your story takes place?” Great point! If a story of mine tells the reader that it’s exactly twelve noon, or that the drapes in a room are yellow, you can be damned sure there’s a specific reason I wrote that.

    And as far as errors in your own post? I think you meant “power of the comma” and not “power of the coma”. Or did you just throw that in there to make us all feel better? 😀

  2. I love this Debbie! My problem is that I over edit. I am often questioning if my characters are going in the right direction and what they’re doing. What is the purpose here? That’s my biggest question. Probably because I ask myself that question on a daily basis and always have. Being an over thinker backfires when I’m trying to write. I especially love the end tips you have. Don’t edit out my own voice. I like that one. I’ve bookmarked your post so I can look back on it from time to time as a reminder to not be too hard on myself:) #anythinggoes

  3. This was really helpful. I find even writing my blog posts that I don’t always pick up on my errors because, as you say, I’m too close to it! #bloggerclubUK

  4. I find it hard to edit and proof read my own work and definitely agree with your advice about leaving it and then coming back to it. I also find it easier to print out and read a hard copy – “old school”

  5. Really useful tips, I know what bugs me when I’m reading books but it’s hard to then apply that when writing yourself. I always struggle when reading long bits of exposition in books- it can be so dry but then making it ‘interesting’ can also seem forced. #BloggerClubUK

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