Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Typical Mistakes We Commit While Editing by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa, author of 'The Funny Adventures of Little Nani'

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Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people. However, when she helps people the results can be a bit unexpected. Why is that? Little Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. With her magic wand, she will try to cast different spells to help her friends, but she won't be successful all the time. Follow Little Nani in her funny adventures and meet her extraordinary friends. Funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies... Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters! Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? Read the stories and discover what happens next!

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Typical mistakes we commit while editing.

            I am always saying that editing is very important. It is essential. It can mean the difference between a good book and a bad book. As a reviewer, I have found lots of books that are very badly edited, and their authors wonder why I gave them such a low rating. Well, let’s see why.
            The most common mistake some authors commit is thinking that they can edit their own writing. WRONG! Since we are the ones who have written the book, our brain doesn’t realise the mistakes we may have included in the story. We can read the whole book twenty times, and we still will see “avdenture” as if it were correctly spelled. Or a plot hole that goes unnoticed to our brain. So that’s why we need those extra pairs of eyes that editors, proofreaders, and beta-readers can provide. They will see what we cannot see.
            Another mistake that some authors commit is to keep text that should be cut, just because they want to reach a certain word count. Don’t be afraid to cut text that feels unnecessary. It will only make the reader feel that the story is dragging, or that it contains information that is not needed. Obviously, as a writer, I know that deleting text is painful, but we want our books to be good, don’t we?

            The last mistake I will comment on here is one that really bugs me. Sometimes, when you are writing a novel and there are many characters, you can inadvertently change the point of view at some points. I have seen this in some books. After telling the authors, they told me it wasn’t on purpose, so I assume it was an editing mistake. Be careful with point of view. Make sure you are consistent with the point of view you want to use; otherwise, your book will be messy and difficult to follow.


Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. Cinta Garcia is the author of "The Funny Adventures of Little Nani", a collection of short stories for children, and "A Foreigner in London", a short story published on Smashwords. socialize  


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