Editing makes up a HUGE part of the writing process. Oh, if all we writers had to do was sit down and slap glorious words on a page. If only it were so easy.
Tag: self-editing for writers
Sep 19 2018
Fatal Flaws: Why Your Story is Falling Apart & How to Fix It
Recently I blogged about the log-line, how it’s an incredible diagnostic tool for spotting flaws in a story idea. The brilliance of the log-line is the simplicity. As an editor/writing coach, I can zero in on a story’s every strength and spot every flaw with a single glance at the log-line. How? Because the log-line …
Apr 26 2018
Perspective: Self-Editing Your Dialogue and Characters
Perspective is key to creating dimensional characters that resonate with the reader. Proper perspective adds dimension that transitions a ‘plot puppet’ into what feels like a real ‘person.’ POV (point of view) offers readers a glimpse into the character’s psyche, which will drive thought, action, emotion, conflict, choices, and change. Perspective can also rid our …
Mar 27 2018
The Dangers of Premature Editing: Pruning Our Stories vs. Pillaging Them
Editing is essential for crafting a superlative story. We clip away the excess, delete the superfluous and prune away the detritus to reveal the art. Yet, editing is something we’re wise to handle with care. While lack of ANY editing is a major problem today, editing too much, too soon is just as big of …
Aug 12 2016
So You Wrote a First Draft—Dear God! What NOW?