• Have you eliminated all the telling?
• Are the characters complex?
• Is every scene necessary?
Most authors will answer ‘yes!’ to these questions. But then editors and readers tell them the descriptions don’t engage them, the characters are stereotypical, and the story dragged.
Self-editing can only take you so far. But if you know the right questions to ask and you know how to interpret the answers, you’ll not only strengthen your self-editing skills, you’ll strengthen your writing.
How to Edit Your Novel doesn’t simply rehash the fiction-writing basics that create good stories-it provides examples, context, and questions that will help authors identify and strengthen their weaknesses the same way a professional editor tackles a manuscript. By combining mini writing lessons with practical self-editing tips, everything a writer needs to become a better self-editor is practically presented.
Whether you’re a new writer or an experienced author, How to Edit Your Novel can help you polish your story into a gem agents, publishers, and readers will want to keep reading.