Well, I’ve finished another read through of my novel. I’d love to tell you what number I’m up to, but I’ve lost track.
This time, I reviewed a paper copy (this is my second time printing). I’m a little disappointed in myself because I thought it looked good…until I saw it on paper. That’s when the good ‘ol red pen got a workout. There may have been a handful of pages that survived unscathed. I had missing quotes, bad sentence structure and odd punctuation. I also noticed that some of my chapters had similar first sentences, which is easier to find on paper because I can flip back to check without losing my place. All disturbing, since I thought it looked good.
While I’m not a fan of wasting paper (or anything else, for that matter), for me, it’s necessary when working on my manuscript. I did expand the margins and print single spaced to ease my conscience. For some reason, I don’t see errors on a computer screen.
Is it just me, or does anyone else have this problem? Have you been able to give up paper copies? If so, please share your secrets!