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Many thanks, Crawford -- this was just what I was hoping for. Before I was just staring at a monolithic manuscript; now I can put together a plan of action. Time to roll up my sleeves -- you've given me plenty to do.

Thanks again!


Good stuff. I'd also add rhythm: read the story out loud. I've discovered that catches awkwardness like nothing else. ;-)

By the by, Matt, GREAT JOB!


Excellent advice. What struck me first in Matt's letter was, "And I even have some clear ideas about what the
weaknesses are in the novel, and where the changes have to be made."

One thing I've started doing when I come upon a part that"bothers" me in the rereading, is to finally acknowledge to myself that something's wrong by "highlighting" it in yellow or blue. That way, it's shouting to be redone, but won't be forgotten. Sometimes we see it, but don't know quite what the problem is or how to immediately fix it.

Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little

This is wonderful advice - thank you, thank you, thank you, from another newbie with several novel drafts that have yet to be edited and sent out to meet people.

(Your article reminded me of another one by Holly Lisle, "One-Pass Manuscript Revision: From First Draft to Last in One Cycle". It gets recommended often to National Novel-Writing Month participants.)


Thank you for posting this information... I am a new writer and have just written a story. I too was wondering how to go about editing my work. Thanks again..T.

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