Master List – Editing Tips

A growing list of resources on how to revise and edit your own work: Step Away and Let it Sit Find a Great Beta Reader Join a Critique Group Organize your Novel Edits Revise your manuscript (this Self-Directed FREE 30 Day Workshop is a goldmine) Try the 10 Rs of Revisions Replace VERY with these alternate words Beware of adjectives and cut adverbs Read everything out loud or have someone read your story out loud to you Check the pacing and illustration potential Make sure your backstory/set-up is no more than 10% of the manuscript (same with your wrap-up/conclusion) Browse these greats posts on editing and also these on revising your manuscript Karla Valenti writes books about and for children. She also offers professional manuscript critique and editing services. You can find her on Facebook and on...

Master List – Show vs Tell

A growing list of resources to help you figure out how (and when) to show vs. tell: Never name emotions Use active verbs and action tags Prove it! Use sensory language and be descriptive Avoid telling emotions and motivations Know when to tell Describe emotions without naming them (and other tips) Focus on the mood Writing with emotion Keep “intruder words” out of your writing Show with a strong voice Karla Valenti writes books about and for children. She also offers professional manuscript critique and editing services. You can find her on Facebook and on...