Hello writers and good morning to you!
I hope you’ve all had a great week. Last week I spoke about finishing the third draft of my novel, and with the third draft done I took to printing my work in progress out. Having this physical copy was important to me for the next stage of editing, and I’d like to share 5 reasons why I believe you should print out your work in progress.
Let me know if you agree or disagree by sharing your thoughts in the comments below, or contacting me at any time.
1. It feels amazing
Writing a novel is a long process that often brings many challenges. You may love writing, but we all have days when we find it tiresome, frustrating and down right difficult. Holding your novel in your hands is an amazing feeling and it makes it all worth it. It may not be a completely finished, published, physical book copy of your work, but feeling its weight in your hands is truly an incredible moment.
2. You’ll realise how far you’ve come
On screen you can see your word count, see the number of pages. But for me, I didn’t really realise quite how far I’d come, or how much I’d written, until I printed it out. The stack of paper was far bigger than I had expected and that made me feel really proud. If you ever need a boost, print out your work and see for yourself.
3. You can really read it
What I mean by this, is you can take your story away from the screen and really read it. You take your story away from all the distractions of being on the computer, and read it as though it is a finished book. I find that when I read through on my PC, I jump in and out of edits and never really just go with the flow. Reading your story without editing is a great way to check if the plot flows.
4. It’s easier to spot mistakes
Once you’ve enjoyed a non-editing read through, the printed copy will serve as a brilliant editing tool. It is, in my opinion, far easier to spot mistakes on paper than on the screen. So far I’ve found missing words, punctuation errors and general mistakes that I have missed several times on on-screen read throughs.
5. It is a great way to edit
As I stated above, a print out if a great editing tool. You can highlight, cross out and scribble all over the page. It is a fun way to edit and get truly interactive with your story, leaving notes for yourself and generally polishing your story. When you get back to on-screen editing you’ll have pages of notes and suggestions to go through, making it a really great next step in the editing journey.
Do you print out your work? Perhaps you prefer not to? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment below to tell me more!