This self-editing tip took me some time to learn. To employ it effectively, you have to develop a keen and semi-objective editorial eye with regard to the first few paragraphs, or first few chapters, of anything you write. Often—and maybe especially if you’re a “panster” versus a “plotter”—the first few words (or paragraphs or, yes, […]
I didn’t intend this episode to focus on just one helpful editing application, but if I would have previewed any more, the episode length would definitely not have fit within the podcast title of “Quick Editing Tips.” So, after a week off after Thanksgiving, here’s my quick tip on enlisting robotic assistance in your editing. […]
If you want to know what I mean by “Trust the robots,” listen to the episode before reading any further. I wouldn’t want to kill the suspense. Now, have you listened to the episode? Really? It’s less than seven minutes! Just give it a listen. Done? Good. Here’s the information I promised that you may […]
Breaking from the format of “Quick Editing Tips,” I interview fiction developmental editor M.S. Wordsmith (aka Mariëlle S. Smith) about her job. If you’ve ever wondered how a developmental editor can help you turn your story from so-so to so amazing, listen to this episode.
If you've been a writer for very long, you've very likely heard or read the advice, "Kill your darlings." But how can you tell when you're writing "darlings" and when they need to be edited from your book?
One of the best pieces of writing and editing advice I ever read came from Stephen King's memoir On Writing. To me, it's the best first tip to begin a podcast on self-editing because it's what you should do before you begin editing.