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How to Edit Your Book in 4 Steps

Discussion in 'Writers' Room' started by kitty huang, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. kitty huang

    kitty huang New Member

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    Hello All,

    I got a good article, written by Guest Columnist Mike Nappa, hope it can help to all the authors.


    Here, briefly, is how that process works:

    1. The Close-In Writing The basic method: You write a day’s worth of work (either fiction or nonfiction)—whatever that means for you. Next day, before you write anything new, you revise and edit the previous day’s work. This is the “close-in writing,” and becomes the first draft—the first time your write your book.

    2. The Close-In Edit When the entire first draft is complete, you go back through and, beginning with word one to the end, you revise and edit the entire manuscript on your computer. This is the “close-in edit,” and becomes your second draft: the second time you write your book.

    3. The Distance (or “Hand”) Edit Next, you print a hard copy of the second draft of your entire manuscript...hand-edit the hard copy,..Then, using your hand-edit notes as a reference, you go back into your computer file and revise the manuscript as needed. This is the “distance edit,” and becomes your third draft: the third time you’ve written your book.

    4. The Oral Edit Finally, you print a new hard copy and read your entire manuscript aloud. Start with word one and don’t stop until you read the last word. Yes, it may take you several days, but that’s OK.
    As you read, note any places where the phrasing causes you to stumble, the wording feels confusing or out of place, or your mind seems to wander from the text in front of you. Those places need to be cut or rewritten, so as you’re reading aloud, pause to make notes as to what to do to improve them. When you’re done, incorporate your notes into the computer file of your manuscript. You’ve now finished the “oral edit”—and written your book four times.

    At this point, you will be: a) extremely sick of your book, but b) finished.

    Yes, this is a tedious, tiring process. But it works.
     
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    Occlith Well-Known Member

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  3. kitty huang

    kitty huang New Member

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    K.S. Crooks New Member

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    I would add a fifth step of having a few other people read your book. Even when you read out loud you may read what you expect to see and not what is actually there.
     
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    Step 6: hire a professional.
     
  6. Timia Breederveld

    Timia Breederveld New Member

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    Step 7: take any tablet or computer with a speech option and have the book read to you from the first word to the last and you will probably sleep well after about 5 minutes. You will wake up full of energy to write your next book.
     
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    Well, that is a bit much. xD

    These are great tips but I already planned on this. I also think other people should read the work as well.
     
  8. davie

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    Hey guys, i have just completed my first part of my e-book and it goes for free and has 90 pages. I would like to get some feedback from you about the book. Here is the link
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