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text 2014-09-22 09:06
Editing Tips

A few days ago YA Fanatic posted that she'd finished the first draft of her novel. In this post she asked if anyone had tips on editing. I responded in the comments but then realised the comment was going to be ginormous and so I ended up saying that I'd make a post instead.


What follows is my own personal method for editing. After a decade+ of editing my own work and digging around for advice from other writers, I think most can agree that many of these steps are necessary. You don't have to follow all of them and you should find your own order. I'm still working on perfecting this system and that process will probably never end. If you are a writer, please leave your own methods and experience down in the comments. :)


I'm adding a short description below because this post is HUGE. I've run out of time and, as hilarious as it is with this being about editing, I don't have time to edit this post before I leave on Monday. Such is life! Also, apologies for how 'know-it-all' this post might come off as. I spent so many years writing technical FAQs for websites (and working tech support) that I developed an odd voice I'm not quite fond of.


There are three major steps in editing. Developmental, structural and professional. Revising can take twice as long as it took you to write your first draft. Hang in there. Good luck!


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review 2014-03-05 19:21
Review: Rock Your Revisions by Cathy Yardley
Rock Your Revisions: A Simple System for Revising Your Novel (Rock Your Writing) - Cathy Yardley

A nice process for going through one's novel draft and making changes/undertaking checks in revision. I personally didn't find it as flexible for a systematic process, but I think it still manages to give concrete steps to examine a manuscript with, and I think that may help a lot of writers. It's probably best to use this with Yardley's "Rock Your Plot" book, and the reason I give this 3 stars is because I don't know if it completely stands alone or provides enough for its respective price.

I can't complain though; it does give a very quick, concise method to approaching the revision of one's work, and that in itself is worth giving it a read.

Overall score: 3/5 stars

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review 2008-09-09 00:00
Revising Prose - Richard A. Lanham This volume plus my 11th grade/College Comp teacher pretty much taught me all I know about writing well.

Any edition is highly recommended.
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