Every Monday I publish the Candid Writer newsletter, a free newsletter for emerging writers and authors. This week, I covered 8 tips for self-editing. Keep reading to the bottom to see this week’s winner of a free Facebook Page/Profile critique – that’s a $50 value. I’m giving one away a week throughout July – don’t miss out!
From this week’s Candid Writer:
You’ve finished your first draft, or a friend has given you their first draft to read, and you’re just not sure where to begin editing. Give yourself a few days away from your manuscript before you dive into editing. This will help you gain some vital objectivity. It was my turn recently to share at my monthly writer’s group, so I brought these self-editing tips. Everyone loved them, so I thought I’d share them all with you.
1. Avoid Subtle Redundancies
“She nodded her head in agreement.” “He blinked his eyes.” Do you see how these are redundant? What else do you nod but your head? What else would you blink? These little slips add to your wordcount and slow the pace of your story.
2. Avoid telling what’s not happening
“She didn’t say anything.” Then why bother writing it? If the POV character is uncomfortable by the silence or wonders at someone’s hesitation, have them comment or think about that, but avoid stating what isn’t happening.
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