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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: A Quick-Start Checklist

Self-editing is a challenge for even the most skilled fiction writers. Once you’ve poured your heart and soul into a draft, it’s difficult to slash and revise the words you’ve become attached to. But, as the famous writers’ expression goes, you must kill your darlings if you hope to create a work of fiction readers [...]

By | July 25th, 2018|Editing|8 Comments

4 Writing Books That Will Make You Better at Self-Editing

Take a quick browse through a bookstore or Amazon’s virtual shelves and you’ll discover that there are hundreds of books about how to write fiction. But when you need to get serious about self-editing your manuscript, pickings are slim. Still, a few fantastic books stand out as tremendous guides to help fiction writers self-edit. Here’s [...]

By | July 18th, 2018|Editing, Self Publishing, The Craft of Writing|5 Comments

6 Commonly Confused Homophones

If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get your proofreaders and editor on your case with a vengeance, it’s falling prey to homophone confusion. Homophones are words that sound alike when you’re speaking out loud but have different spellings and completely different definitions. It might seem, to some, like a small thing – but using [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Editing, The Craft of Writing|20 Comments

On the Nose: Editing for Natural (But Refined) Dialogue

When you sit down for each editing pass on your manuscript’s first draft, you’re going to be working your way through a series of elements (if you’re taking our advice, that is). And one of the elements that demand the utmost scrutiny and determination in editing is dialogue. In this article, we’ll be approaching dialogue [...]

By | January 8th, 2018|Editing|4 Comments

5 Steps to Prep for Productive Editing

It’s easy to find plenty of talk about ways to maintain productivity when you’re writing... but what about when you’re editing? After all, it could be argued that the editing phase is when you need to be most focused – when you have to push your scrutiny levels to their limit, yet maintain composure as [...]

By | January 3rd, 2018|Editing|4 Comments

Practical Tips for Editing Your First Draft

When you finally reach the end of your novel’s first draft, one huge weight is lifted from your shoulders – only to be replaced with another. Because as uplifting as it is to lay down those final few words in a manuscript, doing so also means that the editing phase is waiting just around the [...]

By | December 6th, 2017|Editing|13 Comments