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Having to edit and revise your writing can be much harder than creating the first draft. But as many famous authors have said: writing is rewriting. Revision is a crucial part of creating good, publishable work—but how do you know what to cut out, what to keep, and what to change? In this latest installment of our “Ask Writer’s Relief” series, we’ve collected the best advice on how to edit and revise your work without losing your original inspiration.
Ask Writer’s Relief: “What’s The Best Way To Edit, Revise, And Improve My Work?”
Below is a list of informative articles—some written by our staff, others taken from various sources—that offer the best tips and advice for effectively editing your work and boosting your odds of getting published.
27 Quick-Fix Self-Editing Hacks That Will Instantly Make You A Better Writer: Use this great checklist to instantly improve your novel, story, or memoir.
Be Honest: 5 Self-Editing Tips For Increased Objectivity: Remaining objective about your own work isn’t easy—but these hints and tips will help you navigate the self-editing process.
How To Edit Your Own Writing: This article from the New York Times explains why you should always edit your work before showing it to others.
The Power Of Pruning: 5 Tips For Editing Poems Down To Size: Poetry is about condensing language—using only the words that are needed, and nothing more. This article gives you the skinny on how to trim any excess from your drafts.
Self-Editing Tips For First-Time Writers: If you’re new to writing, you’re definitely new to revision! But even if you’re not a newbie, these tips from NY Book Editors will help you see the true beauty and potential in editing your work.
8 Signs You May Be Guilty Of Overwriting—And How To Self-Edit: Many writers tend to overwrite in their first draft. In this article, you’ll learn how to spot purple prose and the best ways to self-edit overwriting problems.
7 Questions To Ask Yourself During Creative Writing Revisions: Self-editing demands that writers understand their own emotional obstacles. Here are some questions to ask yourself about the bigger picture of your editing process.
The Top 10 Golden Rules Of Self-Editing: From writermag.com, check out their ten most important rules for self-editing. Here’s your holy grail of tried-and-true advice!
How To Revise Your Novel: If the revision process seems intimidating, here’s how to easily break it down into manageable steps.
Question: What’s your go-to editing tip?