The other week, a writer reached out to me and asked if I’d heard about this book: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King. I’m more of a visual person, so she sent me a picture, and the book looked very familiar! I was sure I’d used it but couldn’t recall when. So, I went on the hunt and searched my shelves and drawers and found the book. Here's my review.
Should You Buy This Book?
One of the hardest things for a writer to do—other than writing their book—is to edit it themselves. It can be hard to read your story with fresh eyes after viewing it over and over and over. I’m an editor, and even I still hire an editor for my works.
When I began reading Self-Editing for Fiction Writers and applying it to the new opening I’d written and revised many times (for one of my YA novels), I immediately put its advice into action. You see, the new opening was one I’d written AFTER receiving revisions back from my editor, and I needed to make sure it was tightened up as much as possible. Using the how-to book, I was able to critique my dialogue in a new light and fix other issues. The way the authors explain their techniques and the examples they use is extremely helpful and easy to understand.
If you’re having trouble editing your work, purchase this book. It will help! I’ll always suggest hiring an editor because that will be the best money you spend to help improve your story, but meanwhile, use this book to improve your chapters/scenes/book—especially if you’re working on a new addition after the fact. Plus, the more time you spend on fixing the issues upfront, the better your editor can do their job.
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