Self-Editing

  • How to Limit Echo Words in Your Novel

    What are echo words? Sometimes called “echoes” instead, this is just another way writers and editors refer to words or phrases that are being repeated a little too often, too close together. These echoes may be accidental or deliberate, but either way, they risk distracting the reader and pulling them out of the story. None…

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  • Avoiding Info Dumps in Worldbuilding

    Fantasy and sci-fi writers are pros of worldbuilding. I mean, y’all are out here creating entirely new worlds and civilizations! It’s amazing. But there are also limitations to how much worldbuilding you can show in one book and things you want to avoid. One thing to avoid? Info dumps. We’ve all heard that term; maybe…

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  • How to Reverse Outline Your Novel

    Have you ever heard of reverse outlining your novel? It’s pretty much what it sounds like: creating an outline after you’ve already written the draft. If you’re a plotter, you might be wondering how that’s supposed to work. But whether you’re a plotter, pantser, or somewhere in between, creating a reverse outline can help you…

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  • How an Editor Revises Her Novel, Part 1

    I don’t spend much time on this blog talking about my own creative writing. If you’re new around here, I’m Hannah, a professional book editor. I’m also a fantasy author and am working through my new adult fantasy series right now. I think it’s going to be a quartet, but I’m not tying myself to…

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  • Different Types of Editing Your Novel Needs

    You’ve finished your manuscript. You’ve drafted, revised, self-edited, and reviewed it again. If you’re looking to publish, the work doesn’t stop there—especially if you’re planning to go the self-publishing route. After all of your hard work, it’s time for professional editing! Editors aren’t just there to mark up your manuscript with a digital red pen.…

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