Editing Tips For Writers of Fiction


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Some of my favorite advice to give writers when editing their work is to cut 1/3 of their work after they’ve gone through the first draft process. This speeds pace, nails down conciseness, and keeps your reader turning that page.

The worst thing in the world to happen to an author, other than terrible reviews, is for a reader to put his or her book down. Times when this can happen is when a reader gets bored. If it absolutely doesn’t have to be there, cut it. You’d be amazed at how info dumps (large pieces of backstory, overloads of scenery details, and rambling) can be struck from any paragraph to increase your pacing, content understanding, and story quality. LESS IS MORE. Trust your readers. They have an imagination. They can take a few vivid details and create a world they can sink into. Just a little info I’ve learned from my editor.

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