Posts in "Editing" category

8 Steps to Revise Your Novel (Without Losing its Essence)

Revision is painful. When I sit down to revise, I find I would rather be doing anything else: scrubbing the toilet, doing taxes, scooping my own eyeballs out with a spoon — whatever.

Anything to avoid the act of revisiting the first draft.

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9 Tips to Become a Better Self-Editor

9-editing-tipsWriters are often bad editors of their own work.

Even when they are fantastic draft writers, they need help from an outside eye to get it to the next level. Still, there are some easy tips that will improve your skills as an editor of your own work.

The editing tips below are not, for the most part, tricks for how to edit your story word by word.

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Self-Editing Checklist: 15 Innovative Ideas

selfeditingchecklist-save-for-webIf you’re like me, you go through the same editing motions with every single piece of writing.

Why not change it up?

Consult these 15 innovative editing strategies and you’ll find a way to edit your book into greatness. 

By following these, you’ll strike the perfect balance between copy editing (grammar and spelling mistakes) and content editing (character and plot development). Though this article starts more copy-heavy and ends more content-heavy, I believe it’s important to integrate the two as much as possible even while focusing on one or the other. Not only does keeping an open mind foster creativity that will enhance your writing — it allows you to catch more of those pesky typos!

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