Writing a first draft is only the initial step in the journey to creating a novel. The next step is editing, and in this interview, Kris Spisak talks about the different kinds of editing, as well as tips for your self-editing process. Plus, I share my insights from my latest edit on Map of the Impossible.
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Kris Spisak is a nonfiction author, an editor, podcaster, and international speaker. Today, we're talking about The Novel Editing Workbook, 105 Tricks & Tips for Revising Your Fiction Manuscript.
You can listen above or on your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and the full transcript is below.
- What editing really is and the three levels of editing
- Tips for making sure your story hangs together properly
- Tools for organizing your story
- Writing scenes that are page-turners
- Tips for writing compelling characters
- Adding sensory detail to pull readers into the book
- Tips for writing effective dialogue
- Common writing issues to watch out for
- The editing an author can do themselves, and when they need professional assistance
You can find Kris Spisak at Kris-Spisak.com and on Twitter @KrisSpisak
If you need more help, you can find my list of editors and proofreaders here, and also my tutorial on how to find and work with a professional editor here.