5 Reasons to Print Out Your Work In Progress

Uninspired Writers

Hello writers and good morning to you!

I hope you’ve all had a great week. Last week I spoke about finishing the third draft of my novel, and with the third draft done I took to printing my work in progress out. Having this physical copy was important to me for the next stage of editing, and I’d like to share 5 reasons why I believe you should print out your work in progress.

Let me know if you agree or disagree by sharing your thoughts in the comments below, or contacting me at any time.

1. It feels amazing
Writing a novel is a long process that often brings many challenges. You may love writing, but we all have days when we find it tiresome, frustrating and down right difficult. Holding your novel in your hands is an amazing feeling and it makes it all worth it. It may…

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2 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Print Out Your Work In Progress

  1. Printed copy every time. And since it is a copy I will red pen, use different highlighters on and stick coloured ‘post it’ notes to, until it looks like a multi coloured porcupine, I hole punch it and put it in an arch binder.

    Two more points to add to the list:
    Even if you have a computer with a huge screen you can only ‘see’ one page at a time and with a laptop only half a page (unless you reduce the font size and split the screen but that makes mistakes harder to spot). Printed off you can lay out several pages (a large dinning room table will accommodate 20 or more) really useful for spotting using the same word to start multiple paragraphs within a chapter – not always obvious when you keep turning pages.

    And the second point is reading from the screen for long periods is EXTREMELY bad for your eyes.If you still want to be writing in twenty years time don’t do it.


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