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E basics of editing fiction with many examples and exercises on how to make the writing stronger powerful and easy to understand They cover. I should have read this book seven years ago which is when I bought it I find non fiction and any story lacking the presence of aliens difficult to focus on though Maybe I thought having it on my shelf or the simple purchase itself would make me a better writer I could look up at the spine now and again and say Yeah I have that book I m a writer I am a writer anyone can be one of those But according to this book I m not a very good one Yet I ll get there but it won t be because I have such books lined up on my shelf keeping me company Won t be because I ve read them either It will be because I kept writing reading recognizing my errors and working to fix them Because I practiced I recently submitted a story to a publisher To my astonishment and joy they offered me a contract Then they sent me four pages of first pass edit notes Astonishment morphed into that suicky feeling at the bottom of my stomach and joy simply evaporated I think I actually whined at my laptop My editor referenced Self Editing for Fiction Writers and suggested I read the first chapter I looked up at my reference shelf and studied the row of shiny un cracked spines Yep there it was Pristine perfect and pathetically untouched I read the first chapter the suicky feeling in my gut revolved a few times while I seriously considered replying to my editor Why for the love of all that is holy did you buy my story It s CRAP and then I read the second chapter Aliens had not made an appearance by the third but I kept reading and the sick feeling moved through several recognizable stages along the way Mountains and valleys of elation and depression I also babbled out loud So that s what that s called Okay I can do that Oh my God I do that all the time Hey I can do that I do do that I don t do that I m good at that And so onNeeding to read this book made it a relevant and therefore enjoyable experience The tone is not condescending and the advice is dispensed with good humor There are plenty of examples to make every point and every chapter is followed by a checklist and exercises The lessons are very clear I understood the purpose of each chapter and I understood why certain things don t work or how they can be improved I didn t put the book down and think Forget it I can t do this I put the put book down and wrote this review instead Now I m going to print out my story and work through it from beginning to end using what I have learned No doubt it will be a soul crushing exercise But I feel prepared to tackle it Let Sleeping Dogs Lie years ago which is when I bought it I find non fiction and any story lacking the presence of aliens difficult to focus on though Maybe I thought having it on my shelf or the simple purchase itself would make me a better writer I could look up at the spine now and again and say Yeah I have that book I m a writer I am a writer anyone can be one of those But according to this book I m not a very good one Yet I ll get there but it won t be because I have such books lined up on my shelf keeping me company Won t be because I ve read them either It will be because I kept writing reading recognizing my errors and working to fix them Because I practiced I recently submitted a story to a publisher To my astonishment and joy they offered me a contract Then they sent me four pages of first pass edit notes Astonishment morphed into that suicky feeling at the bottom of my stomach and joy simply evaporated I think I actually whined at my laptop My editor referenced Self Editing for Fiction Writers and suggested I read the first chapter I looked up at my reference shelf and studied the row of shiny un cracked spines Yep there it was Pristine perfect and pathetically untouched I read the first chapter the suicky feeling in my gut revolved a few times while I seriously considered replying to my editor Why for the love of all that is holy did Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose you buy my story It s CRAP and then I read the second chapter Aliens had not made an appearance by the third but I kept reading and the sick feeling moved through several recognizable stages along the way Mountains and valleys of elation and depression I also babbled out loud So that s what that s called Okay I can do that Oh my God I do that all the time Hey I can do that I do do that I don t do that I m good at that And so onNeeding to read this book made it a relevant and therefore enjoyable experience The tone is not condescending and the advice is dispensed with good humor There are plenty of examples to make every point and every chapter is followed by a checklist and exercises The lessons are very clear I understood the purpose of each chapter and I understood why certain things don t work or how they can be improved I didn t put the book down and think Forget it I can t do this I put the put book down and wrote this review instead Now I m going to print out my story and work through it from beginning to end using what I have learned No doubt it will be a soul crushing exercise But I feel prepared to tackle it

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Self Editing for Fiction Writers How to Edit Yourself Into Print

Two experienced editors present their wisdom about how to hone a manuscript in this 12 chapter book full of practical techniues It covers th. Super useful The first chapter on narration vs action is worth the price alone Best explanation of show vs tell I ve found yet Marriage by Deception yet

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Dialogue exposition point of view pacing interior monologue etc Includes an index answers to exercises and recommended book list for writers. This book was fantastic I was worried that there would be too much focus on the mechanics of writing ex where to put commas how to pluralize names that end in s etc but Browne and King truly created a different kind of book They talk about how writers should show not tell in their writing how to use voice and style how to effectively use beats in dialogue and many other tips and tricks that you can t get from a book on grammarBrowne and King provide many examples throughout the chapters of common mistakes and how to fix them There are checklists at the end of every chapter which I fully intend to use when editing my own work There are even exercises for writers to practice their editing with answers tucked away in the appendixI recommend this to anyone who s working on editing a piece of fiction whether it s short story or a novel Let Sleeping Dogs Lie you can t get from a book on grammarBrowne and King provide many examples throughout the chapters of common mistakes and how to fix them There are checklists at the end of every chapter which I fully intend to use when editing my own work There are even exercises for writers to practice their editing with answers tucked away in the appendixI recommend this to anyone who s working on editing a piece of fiction whether it s short story or a novel


10 thoughts on “Self Editing for Fiction Writers How to Edit Yourself Into Print

  1. says:

    Great tips As a writer I winced at every amateur mistake they listed that applied to me The book tells you how to write a story and edit it so that the reader can identify with the characters and enjoy the storyIt's not catering to the mainstreamIt's about the craft Sure they cite many obscure and minor authors and bash literary giants like

  2. says:

    There are three kinds of writing books Those that try to tell you how to get published These books generally claim to have found the magic formula to get publishers to accept your book The problem with this as the blog entry I linked in my prev

  3. says:

    Super useful The first chapter on narration vs action is worth the price alone Best explanation of show vs tell I've found yet

  4. says:

    I am a big self editor I don't want a professional editor or even my writer's group to see my writing before it's as good as I can get it I'm like that in all parts of my life I clean the house before my house cleaner shows up so she never knows how messy I really amI have a long list of self edits I go through checking for passive the use o

  5. says:

    I should have read this book seven years ago which is when I bought it I find non fiction and any story lacking the presence of aliens difficult to focus on though Maybe I thought having it on my shelf or the simple purchase itself would make me a better writer I could look up at the spine now and again and say “Yeah I have that book I’m

  6. says:

    I’m not a writer or an editor I’m just a person who loves to read and learn and I definitely learned a lot

  7. says:

    My second read through of this book The first time I read it was when I started the editing process for my novel A Confession This read through is while I'm editing my upcoming novel 'The Unfortunate Expiration of One Mr David S Sparks' As I

  8. says:

    This book was fantastic I was worried that there would be too much focus on the mechanics of writing ex where to put comma

  9. says:

    UPDATED 51215 Read it again The margins are filled with notes It is so helpful to read this while I am in the midst of editing my own novel in progressThis is an absolutely terrific book page after page of suggestions great stimulus to thought about my novel in progress LEW

  10. says:

    Even though I think there's a need for a book that explains the basic how to's for beginner writers this book had too many good bad examples and too many bad good examples to be objective The authors seem to have their own fixed way of seeing good writing without making room for the stylistic variations that occur between genres The give no

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