I have a love/hate relationship with editing. I love editing because it can make or break a book. Bad editing can be so distracting a book becomes difficult to read. Good editing sculpts a rough draft into a well-crafted read.
|Even my Sims are writers!|
I’ve just finished a couple of rounds of edits by myself and turned in the manuscript to my editor. Now, I’ll follow my editor’s advice for about 3 more rounds, and off to the printer the book goes!
You’ll find plenty of editing advice out there on the internet, but here are the most useful ones I’ve found:
- Show not tell. I wrote an earlier post about this here.
- Cut out extraneous words. Apparently, I like to use “just,” “very,” “that,” and “really” a lot. Autocrit programs are a great way to help you make your manuscript a sleeker read.
- Use tangible descriptions. Check out this great article to see how specific words stimulate your brain.
- Search and destroy those passive verbs. Was/were/is, etc. make for a weak sentence. Try to rework it and choose active verbs instead.
- Keep dialogue tags simple. I’ll tackle this topic in next Monday’s blog.
These are some of my most common mistakes. What are yours and how do you fix them?