Start Writing Fiction: Editing And Revision
Reading over your story, rewriting, and editing is essential. One thing you need to remember, it is a never-ending process, or it feels like it is. Ideas will pop into your head that will cause you to change your character, scene, or event. And you know what? That is okay, let it happen.
When reviewing ask your self
- Does my word usage seem surprising, understandable, and fitting?
- Can my readers visualize the characters?
- Are my descriptions predictable, dull, dense, overused, understandable, and slow paced?
- Do I have stagnation?
- Are my characters relatable?
- Does the character, scene, or event move the story along?
Many writers outsource the editing process to professional editors. But, some writers edit themselves. Either way, it is up to you on which path you want to take. You may do everything yourself due to financial problems, and that is okay.
When you edit, you can read your story out loud and read your story backwards. Both ways will help you slow down your reading, and you are likely to catch any errors.
- Overused words
- Clichés and Redundancies
- Sticky sentences
- Reptition of words
- Variation in sentences
- To many pronouns
- Transition words
- Too many adverbs
- Use of Voice
When providing feedback:
- Make a positive comment and a critical comment about each story.
- Give reasons for your feedback, don’t say ‘I liked this’ or ‘I didn’t like that.’
- I recommend you write at least 150 words when reviewing, but you can write more.
- What was the most engaging part of the story, and why?
- How compelling was the author’s narrative arc in establishing and furthering tension?
- What two major suggestions would you give to the author as he or she moves toward revision?