[WHAT I CREATED FOR EDITING] + why you should print your novel in spiral bound to edit

Sunday, December 3, 2017

editing. scrolling through a document, getting lost, and trying to figure out what in the world you are doing (+ getting headaches from all the previously said scrolling)

GUYS. I HAVE SOLVED THIS PROBLEM. 

it started when I saw that you could print a spiral bound book off lulu and suddenly I knew what I wanted do. *cue random inspiration moment* basically, I made up my own thing and went with it. I knew what I wanted, and I figured if no one else was going to make it I'd make it myself (this was actually julia's bday gift I made a couple months ago lolol)

basically, it's your book. printed out. with lots of extra space between lines to write in. extra width on the margin to write notes on. an extra blank page for notes after every chapter. and a bunch of blank pages at the end to write in.
^^ YOU HAVE TOTAL PERMISSION TO WRITE ALL OVER THIS THING but be kind to yourself and don't destroy it, for the sake of the book and yourself xD


I   P R I N T E D   M Y   N O V E L   T O   E D I T   I N   +   W H Y   Y O U   S H O U L D   T O O :

  • because its your book and you wrote it and you deserve to hold it in your hands !!!!
  • it's not official. so if you wanted to wait until your novel is completely done to print out, look at this as a step between the two
  • because YOU CAN WRITE IN A BOOK c'mon, we all know it's forbidden. but not with this thing
  • you can carry it around in your backpack and don't have to worry about it dying (no charger necessary, guys)
  • it's a place to keep all notes and editing in ONE place. don't mess with a thousand documents and the said scrolling. just, don't.
  • its so aesthetic you'll be excited to start editing TRUST ME. ITS WEIRD
  • DID I MENTION IT'S SPIRAL BOUND???! like, dude. I love spiral bound so SO SO SO SO MUCH. like, you can fold it over and it's not in the way and you don't have to use your arm to hold it open (we all know this struggle xP)
  • when reading on a screen it's hard to notice all those typos - it's easy to glaze over stuff on your laptop. in a printed out form you notice things waaayy more
  • IT'S DISTRACTION FREE. no internet embedded in this book, people. it's also cleanly formatted - which helps your eyes and mind to focus easier
  • easy to flip around, but keep your place.
  • it's also good for rewrites. make the edits in the book, then later, use the book as you go along rewriting it onto your laptop

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we all dread editing (most of us, anyways -- some of you lucky beans out there actually /like/ it *is jealous*) REGARDLESS, here's my solution that I created to help with the horribleness of editing -- or even just a way to make it more motivating for any writer out there - DO THE THING!

[if you guys are interested in the actual /making/ of this book -- like the formatting -- comment below saying so. if I get enough people interested, I may just have to do a tutorial!]

btw if anyone has any questions i'll be waiting by the mailbox for the next few days waiting for my copy to come xD [PICTURES TO COME]

DOES THIS LOOK LIKE SOMETHING YOU'D USE?? //
ANY QUESTIONS?? ALSO, WOULD YOU WANT A TUTORIAL? // 

26 comments

  1. This is literally the most useful thing ever. I would LOVE a tutorial! By the way, I'm a cheep bean and am wondering, how much did it cost? As soon as the first draft of my novel is finished, I am so going to do this.

    ~ Ella Marie

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    1. thank you, Ella!! weell, it depends. Lulu offers a TON of amazing coupon codes. originally, a book this size (about 65k - depends on the spacing you do), would cost about $20. BUT I use coupon codes, like, all the time. (I got my copy for $4. the book was free, I only had to pay for shipping XD). sign up for an account for lulu and they'll send you emails with coupon codes like ALL. THE. TIME. 20% off is normal. they'll often do free shipping, and sometimes 40% off a copy. also, if you start a copy of a book and leave it for a while sometimes they'll send you an email saying "you didn't finish publishing your book! use this code to print it for FREE". love that one. xD -- that's how I just got my copy. and four others for friends and myself for free. sadly, it just expired or I would have given it to you :P or google lulu coupon codes. you'll find tons. basically, don't pay the full price 'cuz they have amazing deals all the time!! *hopes I didn't overwhelm you with that all* (basically I'm also a cheap bean. I joke that since I was born on a black friday and coupon and saving money is in my blood ahahahaa) AND YES DO IT. and you have to show me it when you do *nods* XD

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  2. THIS. THIS. I MUST TRY THIS.

    Oh my goodness, I would LOVE it if you did a tutorial! This is such a fabulous idea because I definitely get headaches from scrolling as well as distracted by the internet. >.<

    Great idea!

    xx Kenzie

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    1. YES. YOU MUST TRY THIS. IT'S THE MOST AMAZING THING AND YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. XD

      I've previously done a tutorial for a normal copy for your book, just haven't done this one. (obviously. since I just came up with the idea XP XD) um yes. it's so annoying. like I legit get SO. LOST. then I have like 18129831091 word tabs open and it's just a mess. this thing is so awesome tho -- *is totally excited to get my copy* xD

      thanks, Mackenzie! <33

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  3. OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS GENIUS O.o

    Now I need one. XD Seriously, this is SUCH A GOOD IDEA. I've printed out my manuscript before but somehow IT'S JUST NOT THE SAME.

    -Zane
    simpleimpossibilities.com

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    1. AH. ZANE. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

      um yes you totally do *cough cough* xD IKR? i've done it too. printing out a book is just awesome, but this actually /helps/. xD

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  4. I would love a tutorial! I am slowly becoming more familiar with Lulu--I'm doing something for my brother on it for a Christmas present, so a tutorial would be awesome. :)
    If I ever finish my book, I would definitely do this. :)

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    1. haha, same. I've printed...six different kinds of books on it now. maybe more, lol. ohh that's so neat! well, idk if I'll have it up soon enough for you to order it but I do have a tutorial for publishing a legit book! http://the-introverted-extrovert.blogspot.com/2016/12/how-to-print-your-own-book-for-10-using.html

      since I've published that I've changed things a looottt. such as, the inside is more nicely formatted. more like a real book with more spacing between words, and a nicer font. also, in the tutorial the font for the back cover is waayyy too large (something I had to figure out when I got my first copy XD) but the actual tutorial is still what I use for making/uploading my cover to lulu (legit I use it myself *cough*)

      http://the-introverted-extrovert.blogspot.com/2017/01/i-got-my-book-squeals-ft-video-of-me.html << here's what my novel looked like when it was done. woww, somehow the formatting is messed up in this post tho *squints*.

      I would recommend making it as soon as possible! Lulu isn't exactly known for their fast shipping :P lemme know if you have any questions!

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  5. OH MY GOSH THIS IS TOTALLY BRILLIANT.
    I AM SO DOING THIS ASAP.

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    1. OMW. SOPHY. THANK YOU.

      and AH REALLY?? YOU MUST SHOW ME WHEN ITS DONE, K?? XD

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  6. OH MY WORD. THIS IS BRILLIANT!!!! *bookmarks page for future editing*

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    1. AHHH LIV. THANK YOU <33 (and ahaha, I should bookmark things more. maybe I wouldn't lose links so much :P)

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  7. THIS IS A REALLY GOOD IDEA, THANK YOU!

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  8. THIS IS A BRILLIANT IDEA. 😍😍😍 I always print off my books to line edit, but I never thought about doing it in a spiral binding!! I NEED TO TRY THIS. The pages always get disorganized and ugh it's a nightmare.

    THANK YOU FOR THIS!! 💛

    rock on,
    abbiee

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    1. THX, ABBIEE! and saaammeee. but somehow, I can't bring myself to write in one of my own printed out books -- it feels like more of a crime than this for some reason?? lol xD

      TOTALLY, GIRL <33

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  9. Wow, this is brilliant! If I ever wrote a book, I'd probably do this because you're right: it's so much easier to notice things on paper. I have edited someone else's manuscript and they printed it out on loose sheets of paper I had to hold together with a giant paper clip, so I can see how having it spiral bound would be great!

    Also, I like the enthusiasm you guys have for lulu and printing your books. It makes me want to write something just so I can get it printed. XD

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    1. well dude, write a book so you can do it! honestly tho, you should. you have such an inspirational deep way of writing and us teens don't just need fiction books! ohhh yes, lots of sheets of paper is hard. done that - tried to keep it all in a folder and it was so thick the folder ripped #oops

      lolol WELL IT IS THE COOLEST THING EVER and so affordable. but as I said, JESS. YOU SHOULD TOTALLY WRITE SOMETHING SOMEDAY I'm sure it would be amazing <3

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  10. This is an AMAZING idea!! I totally need to do this. And YES, I would love a tutorial!!

    ~Lydia~ <3

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    1. thx so much, Lydia! aw, great -- I'll have to see what I can do XD

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  11. Oh my goodness, this is perfect!!! I am totally inspired and motivated now and I will be doing this THANK YOU SO MUCH. !!!

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    1. EEP. thanks, Olivia! YES DO THE THING. (and /totally/ show me it when it's done *grins*)

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  12. This is a really good idea! Not that I'm a writer, but... I mean, I've TRIED, but I usually just kinda lose interest in the story I'm creating... it falls flat. I probably just don't have it. lol. xP

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    1. thanks, Natasha! it is def something you have to be dedicated to...I know some people like that. they just write the story as fast as they can, haha.

      but what I would recommend is outlining. Not necessarily plotting, but /outlining/. way different. it's basically a guideline on what to write, with room to change things so you don't get bored. if you do like writing, you shouldn't give up! but I do understand if its just not your thing XD

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  13. OH wow! I didn't know Lulu even had this option! Yes! Please do a tutorial on how you make it. I'm so interested in this. Love spiral books. :)

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  14. Amazing idea, Sarah! I can see how much easier editing would be with this!

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