Aug 27, 2010

Editing Song

by Joan Sowards
(Tune: Christmas Bells are Ringing)

Editing, editing, here we go!
My manuscript needs shaping.
Finding typos like a pro—
None will be escaping.
Change the words that tell, not show,
Out of point of view, don’t go!
Slice, slice, cut, cut,
Anxious readers waiting!

Editing, editing to refine,
Hoping soon to publish.
Proofing carefully each line,
Delete all the rubbish.
Ousting passive verbs and such,
Adding taste and smell and touch.
Slice, slice, cut, cut,
Publishers are waiting!

Editing, editing page by page,
Ridding repetition
So the reader will engage
To the tale’s completion.
Dialogue and tenses right
Ditch the chitchat, make it tight.
Slice, slice, cut, cut,
Bookstore shelves are waiting!


  1. Joan you make me smile! I love your wit and your talent. Thanks for making my day great!

  2. Bringing fun and whimsy to a tough job. Thanks for brightening my day.

  3. So cute!!! Sorry about posting the wrong day. I've been traveling and lost a day. Love your post.

  4. How did I miss this? I love it. Makes the whole editing process feel . . .cheery!!


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