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Write Great Fiction Revision And Self-Editing 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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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