How To Self-Edit For Fiction Writers: The Pre-Edit Checklist


This is the first article in a series called How To Self-Edit For Fiction Writers. The series is designed to give you the skills and tools that are required to self-edit your own work. In this article you’ll discover a simple checklist that you can use to help prepare your book for self-editing.

Stop Thinking Like a Writer

If you are going to successfully self-edit your own novel then it is essential that you take one important step: stop thinking like a writer.

Or, to be more accurate: if you are going to self-edit your own novel with any level of success, then you need to stop thinking like a writer and start thinking like an editor.

I am not suggesting this is easy (or even enjoyable) but it is the first important step in the process of becoming a self-editor.

OK, so how to start the move from writer to editor?

Well the best place to begin is with your manuscript. You need to stop seeing your Word doc as a magi...

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