The news is official. At the moment I’m editing Coals of Fire, and I’m using my lovely iPad to do it. Usually I’m a longhand ‘red pen’ editor, but in the past this has meant that I have a ream of paper on my lap on the tube or bus, which is awkward at the best of times.
Now, with my iPad and stylus, I can edit a PDF export of the original Pages file in Notabiliy, in longhand.
This gives me all the freedom of writing longhand, plus all the freedom of using my iPad to work on the go. With none of the hassle of paper. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely a bit of a techno-geek when it comes to my writing.
Pretty neat, huh? This brings up the question: how do you like to edit? I edit in 3 stages:
1. Edit as I go. I will usually review the previous few pages to get into the groove of writing, and make a few cosmetic changes along the way.
2. First edit. This is when I have finished a significant chunk, say 6-10 chapters. I will sit down and read for flow, pace, detail and errors. This informs the next chunk of writing.
3. Final edits. I will leave the book to stew when it is ‘done’, give it out to my readers, then come back to it myself and make changes to the hardcopy (or PDF in Notability), then read my readers’ comments and take them into account. Then comes an extensive re-write and more minor edits, and this can go on for a while.
What’s your preference? Comments, please!