At the Heart of Your Writing – Editing

Word Craft ~ Prose and Poetry

Are you stuck in EDITING HELL? If so, here are a few tricks I’ve learned from the last two months of edits on my novel.

  1. Use a thesaurus. I have been using thesaurus.com.
  2. Try Gingersoftware.com. There is a free version that helps you reword some of your sentences.
  3. Don’t be afraid to add or change your plot or your characters. I know it’s scary. BELIEVE me. However, after I read and reread my manuscript at least one hundred times, I realized I had some fixing up to do. I cut and spliced and rewrote. The flow of my novel is much better, and the story makes more sense.
  4. ASK FOR HELP. I asked trusted author friends to critique my work. It hurt like heck to hear what they had to say, but it mobilized me into action to change some things. After a few days of editing, everything…

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