Reblog: The three-step process for successful self-editing #amwriting


Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Last week I was asked about my self-editing/revision process. I do have a method that works for me, but it’s time-consuming. There is no magic bullet for this.

toolsIn some ways, novels are machines. Internally, each book is comprised of many essential components. If one element fails, the story won’t work the way I envision it.

So, what are these parts?

  • Characterization,
  • Dialogue,
  • Mechanics (grammar/punctuation),
  • Pacing,
  • Plot,
  • Prose,
  • Theme,
  • Transitions.

I began this journey knowing nothing about how a novel is constructed internally. I wanted to write stories, but they never came out the way I saw them in my head.

Plot-exists-to-reveal-characterSo, realizing I knew nothing was the first positive thing I did for myself. I made it my business to learn all I could, even though I will never achieve perfection.

Writing is a craft where the bar is raised with every success. Each achievement you make pushes the…

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Review: Euphoric Dreams Part One


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one-star-rating

Synopsis: Part one of three of the journey of a man in search of his first love, but ends up propelled on a wild quest. Where he finds love, faces loss and overcomes inevitable odds.

Bookish Things: 42 pages. The Cover is reasonable, but doesn’t tell you much about the book.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.92.

My Review: 

This is the first part of The Quest of Dragons and will most certainly be the last one I read by this author.

The list of issues I encountered in this 42 page story is almost longer than the story itself.

If you are thinking about being a writer, publishing books, please do not do what this author has done, and publish something that is barely but a first draft. EDIT YOUR WORK! Get someone else who is good at writing or editing to look it over.

Worst example of a story I’ve read so far! The only redeeming features, are the fact it was only 42 pages long and the fact that I paid nothing for it!

Things I noticed:

Issues including overuse of the same word in close sentences:
‘Very well’ is used excessively.
‘Tree, deal, wall, Sapphire’ all repeated too much.

Overwritten text:
‘You will perish a long painful, agonising death.’
There’s only four words too many in that sentence.

Changes in POV mid paragraph.

Use of ‘He seen’. Wrong!

Some paragraphs are indented, while others not. This occurs the whole way through the story.

Continuity issues at 82%. The group fled with no supplies yet they unpacked supplies when they arrive at Taisai.

82% – wrong use of their:
‘The three sat their(there) for a moment…’

86% – if Taisai is the multicultural hub described when they arrived, why would their presence be unusual?

93% – WTF?!? That is horse shit!

Could a professionally edited book really need more editing?


Could a professionally edited book really need more editing? Imagine that you’ve had your book professionally edited, paid your money and are now confident that your book is going to pass the critic’s test. What if you submit it to an agent, an assessment service or maybe publish it and get feedback that says that…

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Review: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers


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ReviewStars-4

Recommended for: Authors, anyone interested in improving their writing or editing skills
Read from January 12 to 15, 2015 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: 

Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.

In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited. Continue reading