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How To Do An Epic Edit Of Your Novel

Often the part of the writing process people hate, only slightly less than marketing.  But Editing is a key part of writing. So whether we love it or loathe it, doesn't stop its necessity. Now, there are many ways to do an edit, but today I want to discuss the Epic Edit!  Some of you might hate me for even discussing this, but there is some things to be said for the Epic Edit. Not sure what the heck I'm talking about?  Read on!

EDITING 101: 13 Self-Editing (P.t 1)

Due to a family emergency that I have been dealing with this last few days I haven’t had chance to sort a blog post. So I thought I would share this great editing article.

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Self Editing Part 1

Some of the things we’ve discussed previously are good to be on the watch for and remove, but there are other, specific tasks that can be done when a manuscript’s completed to help polish it. Since there are many of these odd jobs, this specific post will continue over time.

Editing your own work involves hard labor. Other authors have mentioned they make as many as ten to fifteen passes in editing, revising, and reworking, focusing on one or two aspects of self-editing each time. Those authors are to be commended, since writing a book is only one third of the work. Editing is the second third, and publishing and marketing take up the final third. You’re…

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How To Use The Power of Questions

As writers, we live with our stories for a long time, from the moment we get the spark, through the daydreaming, brainstorm, planning and writing stages.  But it does mean we sometimes forget our readers don't know everything unless we show them. In this era of self-publishing, I have found that a good number of the self-published books I've read didn't really felt like completed, polished works.  Sometimes, people are so eager to be "published" that they aren't taking the time to really get into the meat of their manuscript.  They have potential, but just fall short. I am left asking questions throughout the entire book.