Self-Editing

  • 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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  • How to Work with a Critique Partner

    We all know the image: the solitary writer, toiling away on their novel, alone in their study or home office. But writing isn’t a solitary endeavor, and if you’re looking to improve your craft, working with a critique partner is a great way to do so. What is a critique partner? A critique partner (CP)…

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  • 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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