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How to Edit Your Own Work

How to edit your own work can feel as scary as first putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. The first thing to remember is this quote from Sarah Stewart:

Completely disregard all [editing] advice when working on your first draft. Write freely and just get your words down on the page. Once you have the shape of your story, there’s plenty of time for fiddling and applying the suggestions above.

The quote comes from her article Five Things: Quick Fixes For Your Writing that featured in our post Editing Hints & Tips we published in May 2014. Once you’ve finished your first draft, check out the following hints and tips for editing your own work below the break.

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Editing Hints & Tips

“Books are not written–they’re rewritten.”

Michael Crichton

Almost every writer in existence will have heard advice similar to the Michael Crichton quote. While searching for the above quote I came across similar versions from Roald Dahl, Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Nabokov

Anyway the reason for the above quote is that today we are talking about re-writing or editing as it is also known. Below the break we’ll have lots of hints and tips for you to think about when you are editing your stories.