Editing your book is so hard, and so important. To borrow the words of the writing blogger Shane Arthur:
“Think of your draft as a rough diamond. Value is hidden inside it and you need an expert gem cutter to reveal its beauty and clarity.”
We could not agree more! Writing is only the first half of the process of making a great piece of written work–the second half is editing. This week we bring you self editing tips as well as tips on getting external editing support. And as with editing itself, take what is meaningful to you and leave the rest!
Shane Arthur practices what he preaches in his creatively written guide to concise and effective writing. To the veteran writer, Arthur’s tips may be obvious, yet he offers up practical hacks to finding those sneaky expletives and unnecessary nominalizations.
By Shane Arthur of SmartBlogger
The written word is not exempt from the world of appearances and impressions, in fact far from. This is why editing is so important. The salient take away from this article published by The Writer is the inevitable effect presentation and refinement has on how your work will be regarded.
Published on The Writer
Is passive voice always a no-no? Mariel Wolfson of American Journal Experts explains why the choice between active and passive is not always black and white.
By Mariel Wolfson, PhD of American Journal Experts
No matter how much you self edit, there is no better solution than to get a pair of objective eyes on your work….or objective algorithms. Compare the most popular editing apps available with this list published by the NY Book Editors.
Published by NY Book Editors
Getting your work professionally edited is a prerequisite for success if you plan to publish your work. Lisa Poisso offers a comprehensive overview of what kinds of professional editing services are available and how to navigate building a relationship with an editor.
By Lisa Poisso, Editor & Story Coach