Excellent short article about editing a finished novel 2018-03-13

editing novel

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  1. jannert
    This is a practical and very useful short article by an experienced agent on what to pay attention to, when editing your own novel. This article was apparently originally published as part of NaNoWriteMo.

    The author of the article is Elizabeth Kracht, a literary agent for Kimberly Cameron & Associates and a freelance editor.

    At the start of the article, she says: "Objectivity is one of the most difficult things for writers to apply when it comes to editing their own work. As an agent and freelance editor—having helped develop hundreds of manuscripts and having read many more—I’ve seen the subtlest of problems become the difference between a manuscript that is ready for traditional publishing and one that is not. Here are six tips from the agent/editor perspective to help you think about your work with objectivity as you approach your revision."

    She's broken the article down into the following topics:
    Chapter Arc

Recent Reviews

  1. Steve Coombes
    Steve Coombes
    Version: 2018-03-13
    Great Tips
  2. Malisky
    Version: 2018-03-13
    Good advice and to the point. I actually agree with everything she says, although I've never noticed before that time related words (and "suddenly") are best to be avoided. Gonna try this out on my next edit to see how that works.
  3. Catrin Lewis
    Catrin Lewis
    Version: 2018-03-13
    Good advice about brevity and trusting your reader to make transitions in time without writing them out. Treating each chapter as its own little story, very good as well. But keeping chapter and scene lengths consistent for the sake of consistency seems constrictive, forced, and not at all necessary.
    1. jannert
      Author's Response
      Yes, that's the part I totally disagreed with myself.
  4. Andrew Alvarez
    Andrew Alvarez
    Version: 2018-03-13
    To have clarity about what to look once a novel or tale is complete has great value. This article shows a very logical approach to good writing, and should be read at least once by people who is starting to work onto improving. Great resource.
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