Every writer has them: stories you wrote and then forgot about, stories you could never quite get a handle on and have put away, or ones that got rejected into shameful exile at the bottom of the desk drawer. These are almost always worth another look, and with some tweaking they might turn into gems. Here’s how to breathe life back into an old story.
Self-editing is a tricky business. You need to do it to better understand how you write and to create something others will want to read. But noticing the flaws in your own work is difficult. Here are some tricks you can use to improve your editing once you’ve mastered the fundamentals.
Too many writers rush from a finished draft to a printed novel. True, once you write “The End” you can’t wait to hold the book in your hands… but don’t skip the integral part of sitting back and editing. Here’s a quick guide to that world.
No one writes a perfect first draft. Before you send it off to a publisher or to a hired editor, there’s a lot you can do with your manuscript, yourself. It will increase your chances with the publisher and decrease your fee with the editor. Here are some tips to that end.
Writing comics has made my long-form fiction better. It forces me to think in original ways, and to work creatively around the medium’s restrictions. I hope that sharing my experience here may help writers explore new voices and techniques.
Annoying an editor is the fastest route to manuscript rejection. These ten tips, which I've learned from years of interaction with writer friends and editors, will get you on editors’ good side and hopefully land you a lot of sales.
Editing your own work, whether it's headed off to another editor or about to see the light as a self-published project, is a tricky process. Here are a few tricks to help you fight back—let me know if they work for you!