Wednesday, October 30, 2013



Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print

It seems like everyone hates editing. I like editing. When I’m editing I’m reading my novel, and I like my novel, so I enjoy reading over it again and crafting it into something better. Maybe I’m weird.

After I had already edited my novel to what I thought was near perfection, I read a book called “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print” by Renni Browne and Dave King. This book helped me a lot. When I read the first few chapters I thought I’ve got this, but when I got to the chapters on dialog mechanics and resisting the urge to explain everything, I realized I had a lot of work to do. So I did another couple of rounds with those things in mind.

The book also suggests that you read everything aloud as part of the process. I did this too and I was amazed at the things I hadn’t noticed in all my silent readings, like words that were repeated three or four times in one paragraph, and sentences that didn’t have quite the right flow.

I feel like the whole process has been really good practice. Learning to edit makes your writing better.


  1. Enjoyed this book, too. Great info.

  2. I love editing too mostly because it means I actually have something done enough to edit :).

  3. I love editing. I think it's the former language arts teacher in me getting to use red pen (okay not on screen) again. ;)

  4. I wish I could read more of my stuff out loud. Alas, I do most of my writing and editing at night, and I'm afraid I'd wake up the kidlet. 'Course, I guess I could go into a farther away room- but the couch is sooo comfy! =D

  5. Interesting post:) Thanks for the comment:)

  6. I've heard the advice that we should read everything aloud, but I just recently heard a writer say that we should have someone ELSE read our work out loud to us. Wow. I'm sure it would help, but I don't know who would be willing ;)