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This is the personal writing blog for Joana Hill, creative writing major extraordinaire! Here you'll find the random ramblings and occasional writings of a girl obsessed with gay romance and the yaoi manga FAKE. You've been warned.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Editing Shenanigans

I did something last night that I hadn't done in years, and didn't ever think I'd be doing again.

I turned on the grammar check on Microsoft Word.

Yes, I know, people like to make those jokes about how it's always completely off-base and doesn't know what it's talking about. But despite all the fans I have online, my prose can get weird at times. So I turned it on along with the style checker, and I went through all 64k of Artistic License, letting it check for wordiness and passive voice, among other things. I set up at my kitchen table and sat there for several hours as my mother sat about ten feet away, watching sitcoms.

At one point I went to my bedroom, and she went to get a drink. When I looked out, she was staring at the screen. Lord knows what she was thinking as she read what I had up XD Ah, well. If/when AL gets published, she'll find out about it anyway, right?

I'm shooting to have it edited enough and a decent query letter out by August. Me, Nita and Ashley plan to start querying agents in August, just as kind of a group goal. It would be awesome if we could all debut at the same time. All realistic fiction! Take that, vampire hype.

Ah well. It's a nice dream.

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