ReBlog – Self-Editing Your Novel: The First Steps

ReBlog – Self-Editing is a step by step process for me. I learn a knew step every time I edit. I wonder how many flights of steps there are?

It’s the start of a new year, which means it’s time to get your novel up to the best possible standard ready to send out into the world. Towards the end of 2015 we gave you a few tips on how to find a literary agent that suits your needs. Keeping the agent you found in mind, it’s time to work on your finished manuscript to make it perfect. Follow us for the rest of January to hear our weekly self-editing tips, starting with the first steps we’re taking today.

Firstly, you need to pull your novel out of the drawer it’s been left in and read it. It should be at least a month since you finished writing the manuscript: any less and it will be too fresh in your mind for you to be able to read through it objectively. You need to be looking at it new, as if you’re reading it from the first time. You are your own critic here, so get ready to read.

Source: Self-Editing Your Novel: The First Steps – The Writers’ Den

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