Editing novel drafts requires a specific set of skills. It’s wise to use a professional editor if you are serious about getting published. Even so, editing your manuscript well before you share your first draft with an editor will save time by streamlining the book editing process. Here are 8 tips for editing your own novel like a pro:
Editing is vital if you want your writing to have publishable polish.
Find every article on editing in Now Novel’s archives here. Learn about key types of editing such as manuscript evaluations, copy-editing and proofreading, and more.
Find out about the ways developmental editing will elevate your work. Discover how to double your efficiency when self-editing with practical hacks.
Writing a short story differs from writing a novel in several key ways: There is less space to develop characters, less room for lengthy dialogue, and often a greater emphasis on a twist or an ‘a-ha’ moment. How to write a short story in ten steps:
Learning how to self-edit your writing empowers you to polish your prose. Ernest Hemingway famously quipped that you should ‘write drunk and edit sober’. You need a state of mental clarity that allows you to be methodical when editing.
How do you keep motivated after the first draft of a book? Read tips to stay focused for the longer haul of revision and the path to publication: