Basics of Writing, part IX: How to Revise a Manuscript or Story

It’s been a few weeks since my last “Basics” post, and with Ed’s post on Saturday about responding to rejections and working on rewrites, I thought that a post on revisions might be in order.

In recent discussions on self-publishing, both here on MW and also at ConCarolinas, I made a point of saying again and again, that writers cannot edit their own work. That, of course, is a ridiculous statement that I should have clarified. Yes, we can edit our own work. We can revise and cut and polish and make our work read better. What we can’t do is be our own sole editor. We can’t possibly catch everything that is wrong with our own manuscripts. We’re too close to them, we know them too well, and more to the point, we know too well what we meant to write even if that’s not actually what found it’s […]

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