Everyone likes a helpful tip or two, so here are a few you may find useful when self-editing.
Before I begin, any tips listed here in no way are meant to replace hiring an actual editor. Hiring an editor is a must. I only mean to help you through your pre-edit so your editor can concentrate on the nitty gritty of helping you become a better writer. I work with PageCurl Publishing and Promotion and I highly recommend their services.
Now let’s get to it.
Here are five quick tips that I’ve learned through the editing process:
- Be careful with the details; i.e. if you have already stating something in the dialog, don’t restate it in the prose.
- Foreign words should be italicized; i.e. your heroine is traveling in Italy and she greets someone in Italian. “Buon giorno” should be in italics.
- Toward and towards are both correct, but you need to choose one and stick with it for consistency.
- I feel can often be replaced or omitted. It can be passive; e.g. use I’m sad instead of I feel sad.
- Also -ing verbs are often passive. I’m going to school. I go to school is cleaner.
If you are looking for more quick tips, remember to check out my blog post on Self-Editing Tips and Tricks for January.
Do you have any tips you can share?
You can find me online at www.jennifersenhajiauthor.com