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NOTE: This recorded webinar is more focused on revising fiction and memoir manuscripts, but all types of writers will find something helpful in these ten steps!
You just put the last period on the first draft of your fiction book. Now what? Resist the urge to go back to page 1 to start editing. You’ll get lost in details. Instead, edit with a plan that will guide you from fixing big picture issues like structure, pacing and point of view to making sure every comma and period is in the right place. This webinar with editor and writing coach Helga Schier offers strategies that help you recognize and fix the most typical and frustrating storytelling mistakes. Discover the dangers of the forced plot twist and the cardboard character, explore ways to increase the power of your dialogue, and gather ideas that infuse every scene with forward movement. Schier also deals with the most common grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors and stylistic issues.
Here is the handout referenced in the above recording:
ALC 2019 Schier_Revision Steps.pdf
About the Presenter:
Helga Schier, Ph.D., is the founder and owner of withpenandpaper.com, an independent editorial services firm. With over 25 years of experience in the book publishing industry, formerly serving as editor and executive editor in several publishing houses, Ms. Schier guides authors through the development and revision process. Handling a manuscript like a diamond in the rough, Ms. Schier’s editorial work focuses on the refinement of story, character, and style, helping writers sharpen their vision, refine their voice, and unlock the potential of their manuscripts. Her clients are published, self-published, and not-yet-published writers. In addition to editing other writers’ work, Ms. Schier has published essays on contemporary English and American fiction, and has translated several screenplays, memoirs, and a novel series. Visit her website or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.withpenandpaper.com/.
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