Editing the one inch picture frame

So, as many of you know, I lost my mind on Wednesday evening and had my kids toss my manuscript into the air. Not only did this provide them with loads of fun, but this way of editing?

I have much love for it.

Not that it’s 100% easy or anything. Injecting tension, sharpening prose, micro-editing. But the thing is: all you have is that one page. It’s the editing equivalent of Anne Lamott’s one inch picture frame for draft writing.

This isn’t the sort of editing I’d do for plot continuity, character arc, story flow, and so on. But it is one of those edits I need to do. The fact the pages are in no particular order means I start each page fresh. It’s just me, the page, and my trusty Uni-ball Vision Elite pink pen. (The kids agreed; this would be the pink edit. Purple’s up next.)

And sure, there are 345 pages in this current version of my manuscript. But hey, all I have to worry about is one at a time.

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3 responses to “Editing the one inch picture frame

  1. Actually… this was one of the best exercises in the Maass workbook. I loved narrowing my focus down like that. Unfortunately, I don’t print off my manuscripts. But I did randomize the page numbers and take them one at a time in random order.

    I do admit, though, to not having the patience to go throuh every last one. I think you’ve inspired me to do so with the next manuscript. In print.

    Heaven help me.

    PS. Still waiting :-/

  2. I love this idea. Of course, I don’t think I’ve ever written anything longer than a page, so maybe what I would have to do is print off a sentence or two per page. It really could be a one-inch frame…

  3. I’m glad it’s working. I guess I’ll try it, although it sounds painful.

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