In an effort to better edit my story, Bet on the Lady, I wonder if I should print it out. While the story is just a novella, it will require 90 pages. That's paper and likely a trip to the office supply store for more ink. Is it worth it?
The story has been rejected once already. Yes, I'm admitting that because it happens to all writers. I did find grammar mistakes after the rejection that made me cringe and want to hide my head. I discovered simple misused words that should have caught my eye before I sent the story out to the publisher.
In the past I used to print out all my stories, but not anymore. It has become a big expense in economic times that require most of us to tighten our belts. It may be time to return to the practice of printing the story out though.
Somehow, it's easier to spot the misuse of 'were' vs. 'where' in a sentence when the story is on paper. Auto-correct is great but doesn't catch those mistakes. Words like, 'though, through, and thought', are also notorious things that slip passed the eye while editing.
Does anyone else print out their work in order to do a final edit?
I suppose that whatever the cost in time or money, is worth it when the final product is accepted for publication. I'll keep repeating that as I print out these pages. Yes, it's all worth it in the end.
Off I go to the printer. I have a story to edit!