Here are some incredibly helpful tips on editing, when I get to this point I will be checking this post out again and again. I hope it helps you too. Happy writing everyone!
Do you ever want to throw your work in progress away? Chuck the manuscript you’ve worked on for years?
If you’re a writer, you’ve been there and done that.
The last few months I’ve taken writing classes with an editor, Toni Lopopolo and her assistant, Lisa Angle. We’re a small group of writers who brave the weekly sessions with Toni and Lisa so we can become better writers.
I’ve learned I must swing a machete through a draft to become a better writer.
Wield your writing machete like Danny Trejo
Machete-wielding is a dirty job. You must be merciless. This will hurt, but it’s for your own good.
These tips will help you murder your draft:
- Pluck out backstory in the first pages.
- Delete the flowery prose that serves no purpose. This includes adverbs and -ing words.
- Hack out the ‘terrible 20‘ words that result in the passive voice.
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