Editing your own work can be an arduous and painstaking task. Not every writer is cut out for it. For some writers, editing is their favorite part of the writing process. In this video, editor Helga Schier teaches how to edit your own manuscript using the three levels of editing. Schier acknowledges that self-editing a book manuscript is worthwhile because hiring an editor is not an inexpensive endeavor. If, though, you plan to edit a manuscript yourself, she has a few recommendations. First, she advises writers to put their first draft in a drawer for a bit after it’s completed. This will give them a chance to take a break from the manuscript and read other authors’ work. In fact, she suggests that writers actively read books and flag sections they liked. This practice of “flagging” passages that create a positive emotional reaction will help you recognize what you like. Then she says to go back to your book and flag your own work. “Those things,” says Schier, “are the base layer of your manuscript that won’t change.” Then she says to read your manuscript three more times, each time corresponding to the three levels of readability or editing tasks. First, look for content issues, then style and voice issues, and finally grammar issues. Flag each of these things and then revise everything. Listen to Schier in the clip below to learn more about why these are helpful practices.
I love her ideas. I think these are all things I will be able to implement in my work. Thank you for all the helpful ideas. Great video!
I can't get past the middle of the video. It keeps stopping and then going back to the beginning when I hit "play" again.
thanks for the ideas
Hello who is your publisher?
Love the colorfully idea, as soon as I have a working printer this will be an awesome tool. Thank you
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