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Title: Hard copy
Post by: Lin on February 13, 2006, 06:49:41 AM
Hi there everyone,

So there you are with your novel completed and on the computer ready to roll.   I have this urge to print it all out in old fashioned manuscript form, pin it together and spend time in the corner of a room, curled up, reading my own novel, and checking for how it feels when its finally being read by someone else.

In this way I feel I can write in the margin all the things I want to finalise and check,  before it goes to whoever wants to have it!!  I think I can see it better in this format and feel how the reader feels.

Does anyone else do this?  Please share your thoughts on this one.

Lin
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Nick on February 13, 2006, 07:06:38 AM
I think this is a very good idea. I usually print out a hard copy of anything I write before submitting it to the client/publisher. I find that often I will see things on the hard copy that I may have missed on screen. Also, if I've gone over my word limit (and I usually do!), it's much better for spotting things that can be cut.

Nick  :)
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: SuzieHarris on February 13, 2006, 07:30:53 AM
Same here, Nick.

I always print it off in hard copy, then go through it away from the PC. It means your more relaxed, and threfore, more likely to spot those last minute corrections, or facts that need checking.


Suzie
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Lin on February 13, 2006, 10:49:41 AM
Nice to see us Moderators stick together!!  United we stand etc

Lin
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Symphony on February 13, 2006, 12:05:53 PM
Absolutely! Me, too! Anything that needs careful scrutiny has to be printed off - I just can't see the things on the screen that clearly and it's so much easier to make big swirly pencil marks and lavish exclamations on paper. Clicking on the appropriate buttons to type WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING and insert it as a 'Comment' in the margin, all neat and beautiful, just doesn't give the same satisfaction  ::)

Happy reading, Lin,

Symph
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Lin on February 13, 2006, 12:42:23 PM
GIGGLE GIGGLE, i HAD WONDERFUL VISIONS!!

LIN
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Nick on February 13, 2006, 02:06:18 PM
Anybody who's NOT a moderator like to comment on this one?

Nick  :D
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Foxy on February 13, 2006, 02:45:16 PM
Ok, I'm up for it. I always print off a hard copy of my work for editing purposes. I heavily scrutinise the work, looking for missing words and missing punctuation marks on the screen, and make sure that I've tracked down every last one of them before I print it out. And then something mysterious must happen during the printing process, because when I look at the hard copy, it is full of typos that have appeared as if out of nowhere.

I do my editing at the computer reading the hard copy and making the corrections on screen, because pens are the devil's tools. My handwriting looks like it is the work of a three year old who is writing in a buggy that is being pushed down a cobbled street.
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Symphony on February 13, 2006, 03:45:43 PM
Clicking on the appropriate buttons to type WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING and insert it as a 'Comment' in the margin, all neat and beautiful, just doesn't give the same satisfaction  ::)


(http://www.coolsmileys.net/happy/rofl2.gif)   Killing myself laughing here, Lin. You DO realise that I was talking about my own writing and not yours, don't you????  (http://www.coolsmileys.net/happy/rofl2.gif)
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Jayel on February 13, 2006, 04:42:54 PM
I always print the final manuscript out. and then I read it aloud, since this helps me seeing glaring errors or 'hear' bits of dialogue that don't quite work.  I mark the errors on the hardcopy and then head back to the keyboard for the clean-up.  I normally go through this process several times before it is ready for the editor's eyes.
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: robert1704 on February 14, 2006, 03:04:50 AM
Better make two copies in that phase and send one to the copyright-office (without even looking at it) as this may take several months before you get the necessary document
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Symphony on February 14, 2006, 04:14:52 AM
No point wasting money on copyright until your work has been edited and is ready for publishing  ;D
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Lin on February 14, 2006, 05:43:03 AM
Many thanks for all your comments, I am not alone!

Lin
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Caroline on February 14, 2006, 08:08:45 AM
Gosh...I can't imagine anyone *not* printing out a hard copy of the manuscript, no matter how long or short the piece of work!  :o
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: ChipTee on February 14, 2006, 10:11:16 AM
Yes, I always print hard copy for major edit (often forgetting to number the pages with dire consequence when the cat or a wind gets there before the stapler) and celebrate the myth of the paperless office/study.

Another useful gadget is the shredder, otherwise the place gets stacked high with discarded drafts - which leads one on to papier mache. I thought I would make a few nest boxes with the shreddings this spring.

Chip
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: gub2000 on February 14, 2006, 10:57:22 AM

Jayel, do you use different voices for you characters when you read your work aloud?

gub2000
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Jayel on February 14, 2006, 07:36:13 PM
Indeed. I am guilty. Each has his/her own accent and tone and I give each one his due.
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: orchid15 on February 15, 2006, 12:06:27 AM
I read my work aloud too, but I work hard to not use the voices and emotional inflections.  I try to read plainly to see if my word are giving the emotions and inflection.  If I read with the inflection in my voice, I sometimes miss weak points in my writing.

orchid15
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: Lin on February 15, 2006, 03:45:46 AM
What a wonderful idea, Im going to order a shredder this coming week!   My Blue Tits will love it.

Thanks for the idea

Lin
Title: Re: Hard copy
Post by: litsa on February 15, 2006, 05:43:37 AM
HI THERE LIN,
DURING THE PROCESS OF WRITING I FIND MYSELF PRINTING OFTEN AS IT IS EASIER FOR ME TO REVIEW MY WRITING EVEN WHEN I AM NOT NEAR THE COMPUTER OR TRAVELLING
AS I HAVE A BUSY SCHEDULE I TRY TO MAKE MOST OF TH TIME AVAILABLE.
ALSO I AM A PAPER FREAK, IT FEELS A LOT BETTER WHEN IT IS PRINTED!!!!!

LITSA