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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582975094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582975092
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Arnott on 17 Dec. 2011
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If you buy a book called Revision and Self-Editing you might reasonably expect it to be about revision and self-editing.

Most of this book isn't.

Most of it is general advice about writing a novel. Very little is about editing.

I get the impression that the majority of the text is a rehash of some earlier book of the author's with a few extra bit of advise on revision thrown in to refresh the whole thing.

If you're after a general book on novel writing then this is a fairly decent book, but to give it the title it has is misleading.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grazia Gi on 12 Oct. 2009
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I'm glad I found this book, and I'm sure I will keep using it in the future. The author goes deep into the various aspects of making your novel better, not with generic tips but with specific questions to be answered, and fixes for the most common problems. One of my favourite texts about creative writing so far.
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This book seems to confuse the difference between the creative stage of writing and the mechanics associated with the revision and editing stage. I found this book offered some original and inspiring ideas for novel writing but when I came to use for its intended purpose - to transform subsequent drafts into a final finished draft - I found it sadly lacking. I’m sure the information included here has a place in a book somewhere but the way it is presented just makes the whole process all the more confusing. I felt as a volume it begged to be reworked and put out under a different title. For it to work as a self-editing book I would rearrange the order of the chapters; so too the table of contents and expand the index; moreover, a large proportion of it could easily be cut to make those bits that are relevant to the editing process more easily accessible. In short, I wanted to thoroughly REVISE AND EDIT it.

I'm glad I read this book because it reminded me of two simple pieces of advice on editing I had read elsewhere but forgotten. The first, that there are two very distinct stages to novel writing: the creative stage and the editing stage, and - most importantly when I consider how this book advises on the process - that to confuse the two is the single biggest obstacle to beginner writers. The second piece of advice came from two editors: the best way to learn editing is, still, to learn it from another editor.
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James Scott Bell (Plot & Structure) is back in the final book of the Write Great Fiction series to show us all how to revise and self-edit. Loosely translated, this is where we actually start to really write.

This is a brilliant guide on the finer points of how to spot mistakes, common problems all writers let slip through, and how to trim down your manuscript. The tips contained within resulted in many large edits of my debut work.

Despite the brilliance of this title, however, no author should submit their work to a publisher (or publish it themselves) without it going through the hands of a few independent editors/proof readers first. this is, naturally, also discussed in the book.

Highly recommended for any writer who thinks they are finished after completing the first draft. Now, you can begin.
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By Patricia Olds on 9 Oct. 2011
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If you write, this book will be helpful, no matter your level of expertise. James Scott Bell takes you through the whole process from beginning to end, with lots of technique illustrations, and a fix for every problem raised, which often remind you of things you may have forgotten, and make you think 'oh, yes, of course'. My favourite piece comes on page 254 ~ 'the trick which cannot be explained'. I think it encapsulates the writer's art.
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By far the best book on writing I've bought so far! Bell does a fantastic job of realistically taking apart the parts of a book that make it click, and shows you how to find your way of using these to make your own book click. I would highly
recommend this!
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