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Everyone needs an editing toolbox Yes, an editing toolbox.  You have your first draft. It's complete - now it's time to polish your words. Out comes the editing toolbox? What's in it? The editing toolbox You have three options. Learn how best to self-edit your manuscript Use (non-human) software tools Pay someone else to edit your manuscript Actually, I recommend you do all three. Let's consider them in reverse order ...

Every story needs an information highway Within a story, information travels to and fro between characters and, as a witness to these interactions, to the reader. Add to this, the narrator's contribution and you should have a story, one that works. How does logic fit into a story? Whatever your premise, there will be some logic in how you took that premise and turned it into a story. You dreamed up a plot. ...

Comments are my post-it notes This blog post is one of a series about how you might process your first draft. Many of the features are also useful later in the editing process! Why post comments in Scrivener? While reading or listening to your first draft, it's impossible - at that precise moment - to fix everything that you realise needs attention. Instead, you need to leave yourself messages and come back to...

Show no one the first draft! So, I have a first draft and once the initial writing process is complete and I've looked at the structure of my novel, and I'm relatively happy with what's there, then the editing starts for real. But, where do I start? Here's my strategy. It might work for you. (Obviously, I'm applying my RedPen cycle, and this is Step 4: Study the content.) Reading the first draft aloud Working through,...

Are you ready to edit? It's over four months since NaNoWriMo 2017 ended and I'm now feeling I have enough distance from that month of frenzied creative output to start editing. To put down my pen and pick up my editor's tool. Of course, whenever I embark on an editing challenge, I apply the techniques of EDITING The RedPen Way, and I already can tick off steps 1, 2 and 3 for...

  My book launch for EDITING The RedPen Way Last Tuesday went brilliantly. I'm still giddy from all the excitement. Hundreds of copies were downloaded and many of you have signed up for RedPen. Welcome! I've had excellent reviews too. All 5 star! Here's an extract from just one of them. A masterclass in self-editing ...

  Using Scrivener: Three plus points #1: Everything is in one place. (Read Here) #2: I feel like I am in control. (Read Here)   #3: I have a choice. Because there are so many aspects to a novel, so many dimensions to visualize, so many jigsaw pieces to fit together, the whole task can seem insurmountable - during writing and, even more so later, when editing. With Scrivener, I feel the project, this beast (which...

Using Scrivener: Three plus points #1: Everything is in one place. (Read Here)   #2: I feel like I am in control. Being in control is essential for those of us proud to 'suffer' from  OCD. I need to see my novel on lots of levels: from the top down, from the bottom up, from each character's point of view, and from the reader's perspective too. The binder panel sits to the left of my...