Self-Editing

  • Three Tips for Writing Emotional Scenes

    We seek out fiction to experience an emotional journey with the characters. After all, how boring would it be to just walk through the action of a story without understanding the characters and exploring the human condition? But finding the line between authenticity, sufficient ‘showing,’ and nuance isn’t always easy. How do you tackle emotionally…

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  • Four Ways to Control Pacing in Your Novel

    How do you know if your novel’s pacing is right? What changes can you make to adjust the pacing and keep readers hooked? There are a few different elements of your manuscript you can play with to create effective pacing. Let’s get started. What is pacing? Simply put, pacing is the speed at which your…

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  • The 5 Lessons My Beta Readers Taught Me

    Hello, writers! Hannah here. This week, author and editor Lewis Jorstad of The Novel Smithy is sharing his beta reader experience with us. These lessons are fantastic, and I hope they help you as you begin to self-edit! You can learn more about Lewis at the end of this post. Just a few months ago…

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  • The Writer’s Nook Podcast Episode 16: Self-Editing and the Revision Process

    Self-editing can feel daunting, especially after completing a challenge like NaNoWriMo. Where do you start? What steps should you take? Hannah and Leah share their insight and best tips for managing the self-editing and revision process, applicable on anything from a novel to a short story. Be sure to follow us on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher,…

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  • How to Make Novel Revisions Pain-Free

    Once you’ve finished your draft, it’s time to revise. Whether you’re staring at a 300-page manuscript or a 1500-word blog post, revisions can feel overwhelming. “How do I know I’ve revised enough?” “What if I still find a typo after I publish?” “Where do I even start?” All are valid questions, and I’m hoping this…

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