I had every intention to edit as much as I could on my last day off. Sadly, I did not get very far at all. I managed two chapters. I plan to fit in my editing when I can. I plan to print the novel and edit on paper after this edit.
Some authors edit this way, some prefer to edit on the computer. I used to edit always on the printed version. Then the cost of paper and ink, well that had me editing on the computer. Until my book was published, and dare I say it, well it needed a little more editing before it went live. So, with the proof copy in hand. I set about editing in the book. Writing in pencil, notes and scribbling out sentences that I wanted to remove, or where I had said the same thing twice. I must admit I found it so much easier to edit, and not miss anything. I have found that one of my bad habits and yes I may have one or two. I know when I read it back, that I miss words. How when I type it up, guess my brain is quicker than my typing.
A fantastic piece of software I love to use, has to be my natural reader. I started with the free version, and yes the voice is a tad robotic. (The program reads your work back to you.) It did also finds words I had used wrong, or misspelled, and on so many edits I had missed them. For example, the word image, should have read imagine. Just a few letters missing, made a huge difference.
My other favourite, just has to be Dragon, naturally speaking. You talk, it types. As much as I love it for writing, I do tend to more than anything, use it to type up hand written work. I guess getting used to saying what you want out loud, is something I am still getting the hang out. Besides it is rare that I am alone in the house. Can you imagine the look on my children's faces if I did a whole chapter of one of my novels. So for now it works the way I use them.
If you have any software you use, and want to share it, what it is, why you love it. Leave a comment...