12 steps to self-editing


When we talk about rewriting in Writers Write, delegates often go a bit pale. They seem to think that you need to rewrite a story or novel from scratch. While certain drafts do need to start their journey again from a blank page, if you have a reasonable first draft, you can follow these 12 chronological steps to make self-editing more manageable.

  1. Read through. Print out your manuscript, make yourself a coffee and grab a pencil. Read it from beginning to end as a dispassionate reader. Make the odd comment in the margin if something glaring pops up, but hold back from making detailed notes. The idea is just to get an idea of the global story, the flow, and the feel of it.
  2. Plot line. Now it’s time to interrogate the plot and determine if there’s enough conflict in the story. Look at each scene and sequel to see if you’ve unpacked the major story question posed by the inciting incident. As Sol Stein suggests, compare your strongest scene with your weakest scene. Decide if the weaker one can be recycled or rewritten.
  3. Hero in the spotlight. Here we pick apart the main character. A good idea is to create a character sheet that you can create from the character wheel – write a paragraph under the headings of his psychological, physical and socio-economic make-up. Make sure that every decision or behaviour he displays in the story is consistent with these traits.

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12-Steps To Self-Editing – Your Stress-Free Guide To Preparing A Manuscript


Published by: Kawanee Hamilton

Kawanee was born in Alexandria Louisiana but her first real memories are of Russellville Arkansas. She's always loved to read, and has always had an vivid imagination. She grew up in a house where almost everyone read, they didn't need a TV although she could still be found planted on her butt in front of her grandma's TV watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. She made up her first story with her mother when her cat died; it was about where pets go when they die. She continued to create stories from bad dreams she had and her dad would help her change nightmares to stories. They would sit up in a chair until the scary went away. He told her that: "Dreams, good or bad, are just stories your mind makes up. You are the author of your dreams; if you don't like them rewrite them. " She was hooked and has continued to read and write stories drawing from dreams, sights and just pure imagination. She just recently decided she'd like to try and get published and fail than wonder what if. Her story continues but where it goes from here is up to you, the Reader... She hopes you'll join her in finding out where her journey goes from here!

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