New and beginning authors often (loudly) assert their ability to edit their own work. If you are “editing” your own manuscript, you have a fool for a client. There is no such thing as self-editing—the best you can do is make revisions and admire your work. For that reason, we need other eyes on our work.
As authors, we see what we intended to write rather than what was written. We misread clumsy sentences and overlook words that are missing or are included twice in a row. If you are in a critique group, you have a great resource in your fellow authors—they will spot things you have overlooked your work just as you do in theirs.
The first draft of any manuscript is the story as it flowed out of your mind and onto the paper. Yes, there is life and energy in your words, but your manuscript is not publishable at this stage, no matter how many times you go over it.
via Thoughts on revisions and self-editing #amwriting
by Ryan Lanz
For some writers, editing strikes fear into their hearts. Okay, perhaps not fear, but some discomfort. At least a stomach ache, right?
Before you reach for the antacids, let’s discuss the different methods of editing and introduce some ways that might make it less intimidating.
via What’s Missing From Your Self-Editing
This is another great reference that strips away unnecessary verbiage, giving you just the facts to help make your writing come alive and make your characters more relatable… instead of allowing them to shrug and glare for three hundred pages.
All writers can benefit from the contents of this book, but I especially recommend it to new writers who may be unfamiliar with beats—descriptions of physical actions—large or small—that fall between lines of dialogue.
Included are beats for different body parts, movements, manners of speech, and even one thousand verbs to write by.
The right movement or gesture can help bring readers into your story and help you avoid the risk of showing vs telling, and this short thesaurus of feelings and movements is a great aide to help you meet the challenge regardless of genre or writing style.
Can be used when writing, revising or editing manuscripts or blog content. You’ll want to keep it close because you’ll reach for it often… especially if you have emotional, over-wrought characters like mine!
Genre: Writing Skills/Writing Guides/Thesauruses
Release Date: September 10, 2016 (Paperback)
The literary world is filled with how-to books on every topic imaginable. Writers have millions of options for finding resources which are the right fit and aids them in their writing journey.
Polish Your Prose is a right fit resource for any writer, be it the new-kid-on-the-block or professional.
Divided into three sections, this short writing aide covers everything from passive prose to dealing with negative reviews in a positive way. There’s even a short chapter dedicated to U.S. English vs. U.K. English.
Chapters are clear and concise, with examples of each tip and a quick summary of each chapter. The author does not pad chapters with the time-honored rules of writing from the halls of academia but recommends other resources for further explanation and examples.
Whether you’re writing the first draft, revising, or editing, this is the book to keep close-at-hand.
Polish Your Prose is available in ebook format, but I recommend the print version as it’s easier and faster to access all those often used tips highlighted and bookmarked by Post-it notes.
Or maybe that’s just me.
If you’re building a library, you could add this book. But if you want to hone your writing skills and deliver quality books/blogs to your readers, you need this book. Scroll up and 1-click.