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How I Edit my Books

Editing a book may seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be if you’re structured. In this blog post, I will go through the different steps I go through when editing a manuscript.

Editing Step by Step

  1. Take a break from the manuscript. Preferably for four weeks so that you can distance yourself from what you’ve written.
  2. Look at the big picture. In this step I look at the manuscript from a larger perspective, how does the plot work? Are there any major plot holes?
  3. Character development. In the third editing round, I look at character arcs. What is the development of the characters through the script? Can the character arcs improve?
  4. Dialogue and the pacing. Do my characters speak with unique voices? Does it feel like the story is moving too fast or too slow?
  5. Spelling and grammar is the last thing I check because I don’t want to waste time on it in case I delete whole chapters.

Feedback from readers, editors and/or test readers is everything. It’s easy to become blind to your own text, so I always recommend having someone else look at your manuscript. Preferably a professional editor.

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