I decided in the last few days that I was going to do things a little differently on the novel I am currently writing, Joyful, Joyful.
In the past, I’ve written my story the entire way through, rarely going back a few pages or so to proofread. Then, I’d go ahead and format it for ebook publishing. Once the formatting was completed, I’d read it through once as though I were a first time reader, correcting and re-turning a phrase as I went along. Finally, I’d publish, only to realize when my husband downloaded it to read on his e-reader, that he would come to me multiple times to say that he’d noticed this or that mistake, at which time I’d have to go through and make those specific corrections and re-publish.
Well… this time is different.
While I don’t plan to use this proofreading to-do list, I plan to go back and read the past chapter, make any corrections, re-turn a phrase, and generally get it in a better place than it was before re-reading it.
It’s not that I’m adding a whole lot more steps to writing, it’s more of making sure I’m definitely on track in the first place as I write.
For better or worse, that’s how I’m handling THIS story. I can only wait until it’s done to see if it made any real difference.