The Author Toolbox: Editing Your Manuscript To Perfection

The Author Toolbox: Editing Your Manuscript To Perfection

Those first words we write can be pretty awful no matter how much we’ve learned about the writing craft. But that’s okay because while we can fix bad, we can’t fix blank. So get those words out there, then start shaping them into something good…then great. It’s time to edit your manuscript to perfection. Tool #1: Get a big picture view. I think of this as climbing into a helicopter and getting enough distance from my

Behind the Scenes: The Power of Great Editing

Behind the Scenes: The Power of Great Editing

I have a secret weapon. While it’s true I’m the one who dreams up characters, weaves together plot threads, writes 80,000 words, and then rewrites most of them multiple times, my story is not nearly ready until it’s spent time in the hands of my amazing editors. Since I’ve recently finished the editing process for my next novel Dance Over Me (releasing in September), I’ve got plenty of examples of my secret weapon of great

Making It Better One Word At a Time

Other than several years’ worth of critique partner comments, I have experienced editorial notes for the first time in my writing career. And over the past week I’ve been making the story better one word at a time … as well as learned anew the power of gaining perspective. In both my personal life and my contracted book, I can be too close to the story to see the flaws outside observers notice so easily. So when the managing editor