On editing your own writing

When I edit my own text, I make comments like those shown in the images. A few of my own:

  • Doesn’t feel like you know what you’re talking about
  • Nice start — dig deeper
  • Just say what you mean
  • You lost me
  • Feels fake — write from the heart (or, write to your muse)
  • Passive!

When I write books I try to complete a chapter, then get away from it for at least a month, then come back and edit it like this.

The images here are from the excellent movie, Finding Forrester.

A favorite gift from 2007

A favorite gift from the last twelve years is the purple pencil sharpener shown at the top of this image. It may have only cost a dollar or two, but one of my sisters and her daughters gave it to me when I saw them right before I moved to Alaska, and it’s been with me ever since. I especially like it at times like this, when I’m editing a new book.

“Constipated thinking”

When editing my own writing I like to write “constipated thinking” or just “constipated” on some of my text that clearly deserves it (as an homage to the movie, Finding Forrester).

My red pencil

My red pencil is one of my favorite possessions. When I get it out it means that I’ve just edited a print version of something and now it’s time to type up the corrections. It also means that I’m getting close to releasing a final version of whatever book I’m working on, which is also a good thing.

A lesson learned from writing the Scala Cookbook

A lesson learned from writing the Scala Cookbook: It’s fun and interesting to work with some professional writers in the editing process, and it’s great to get their feedback. But you also have to be willing to duke it out to keep what’s important. It’s your baby, it’s your name on the front cover.

Writer vs Editor

A friend shared this photo on Facebook. I’m sorry I don’t know the original source of it, but based on my experience I agree with it. I know that my only concern was about the quality of the Scala Cookbook, while from my perpective, my editors mostly seemed interested in getting the book into production.

Mac freeware photo editing software

Mac freeware photo editing software FAQ: What free Mac photo editing software (Mac photo editing freeware) is available these days?

If you're looking for "freeware photo editing software", two great free Mac photo editing applications are Gimp and Picasa. I'll take a look at these two free Mac photo editing software applications in this short review, but as an added bonus, even though I say "Mac", both of these applications are available for Windows computers, and possibly Linux as well.