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Creative Writing Exercises For Dummies by Maggie Hamand

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Part V

Polishing Your Product: Revising and Editing

Top five ways to rewrite, edit and polish your book:

  • Read your work aloud so you can hear what it sounds like and come to it afresh. You can even ask a friend to read it to you if it helps.
  • Leave as much time between the writing and the editing as you can to help you get distance from your work and come to it as a reader would.
  • Don’t be afraid to throw away large sections if they don’t fit in – you can always file these away for future stories. In particular, cut any redundant scenes and repetitions.
  • Weed out any glaring clichés and sentences that don’t make sense. Look out for continuity errors and fix them. Spell-check your work and punctuate properly!
  • Format your manuscript according to usual publishing conventions – double-spaced, with wide margins and paragraphs indented.

webextras.eps Check out www.dummies.com/extras/creativewritingexercises for an extra article on rewriting and editing your work.

In this part …

  • Discover all the stages of rewriting your book – from a complete restructuring down to a final polish. Most pieces of creative writing need a lot of restructuring, rewriting and editing before you can send them out into the big, bad world to make their way.
  • Get familiar with the skills you need to check the spelling and grammar, and format your book properly before handing it over to a professional agent or publisher.
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