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Editing your book

Postby crit34453 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:36 pm

Editing is essential. Even if you really are a fantastic speller and sentences always come naturally to you, your first draft is called your first draft for a reason. There will always be mistakes to rectify, characters to revisit and chapters to rethink. The editing process allows you to step back from your book and think about how it works, and how it needs adapting. It will also make you look at each sentence of your book individually and think about its function to the book as a whole. It can be a long process, but it is an essential part of publishing.

Ten tips to help you proofread

Put your writing aside for a while.
Focus on your weaknesses.
Read your work out loud.
Try proofreading backwards.
Keep style and usage handbooks readily available, and use them.
Watch out for contractions, apostrophes and homonyms.
Run the spell check to catch any obvious errors.
Highlight all punctuation marks and evaluate each one for accuracy.
Proofread a printed version of your work.
Get someone else to proofread it.

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