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Working with a Partner, Writers’ Group, & Beta-Readers

This is #4 of a series of 5 posts with tips and tasks related to self-editing. See the links at the bottom of the post for other articles in this series. Your writing group–or partner–or beta readers–might not be quite as hilarious as Buster Keaton’s writing group, but you can still have a great time … Continue reading

editing / self-editing / writer's and self-editor's reference library / writers' tools

A Writer’s and Self-Editor’s Reference Library

This is #1 of a series of 5 posts with tips and tasks related to self-editing. See the links at the bottom of the post for other articles in this series. So–you want to be a writer? You need a reference library! Maybe you have been developing a great idea–fiction or non-fiction–for many years. Maybe … Continue reading

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A Collection of Editing Marks

Reasons to still edit on paper manuscripts: While a lot of editing nowadays is done directly on e-file manuscripts using editing software such as Microsoft Word’s “Comments” and “Track Changes,” there are still good reasons to do hands-on editing on paper/print-out manuscripts: When editing a long manuscript, it can be easier on your eyes than … Continue reading

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Tips on Giving and Receiving Critiques

Some overall tips about critiquing: Penny Smith, author of Wanted: Ogopogo Lake Monster, Dead or Alive and a co-founder of the Penticton Writers and Publishers [PWAP} group (now the Okanagan-South Writers’ League [OWL]), once presented a very useful talk on critiquing to the PWAP group. She gave us these useful overall tips: Remember that always we are … Continue reading

editing / editing checklists / self-editing / youth writers

Self-editing Checklist for Young Writers

Most self-editing checklists for young writers–and older ones, too–seem to focus on details of grammar and punctuation. But having edited a number of anthologies of writing by young writers (ages 8 to 18), I have collected a list of other common issues that youth writers–and adults, too–should watch out for in their writing. Hope you … Continue reading

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Quick-view tips and tricks for self-editing

Quick-view Self-Editing Tips and Tricks: Reference materials and helps: Respected style guides (eg. Chicago Manual of Style) Other good references (eg. The Elements of Style, The Copyeditor’s Handbook) Editing checklists Automated editing resources (eg Word’s built-in spelling and grammar; Grammarly) Refer to lists of commonly misused words, commonly misspelled words; readability levels http://www.readability-score.com Seek critiques … Continue reading