If anyone has ever compiled an anthology they will know what a lot of work it involves, especially if it includes poems as well as stories. Well, it is for me, compiling one for my writers’ group. I am not very savvy on computers but have learnt how to scan documents into word so they are editable, a feat I am so proud of. That probably sounds ridiculous to anyone who already does it, but to me I thought of it as a first-class success. Another problem was margins. I have mastered them, but am not sure how I did it.
Editing the pieces – some 80 or so, making up 220 pages – was the easy part, even though some of my fellow writers, not mentioning any names, do not count grammar, and especially punctuation, too highly in their priorities. I love editing, am a bit of a nerd, known as The Comma Queen in my writing circles, so have really enjoyed doing it. I read lots of other people’s blogs that give advice on writing, so try not to use the word ‘get’ or ‘suddenly’ or, the biggie: ‘was’. It is so telling, not showing, and I try hard to advise my fellows not to use it. Some of them take notice, but others… Of course, occasionally, it is necessary, but if used too many times in one paragraph, it sounds like a newspaper report. i know I have used it in this blog, but then, this is not fiction, it is more or less a report
Will bring you up to date when it is finished and ready to buy. I had better go now and write my short story for this year’s writing group competition, making sure I don’t use any of my banned words.