How to Edit a Book Stage 3: 5 Proofreading Tips

Book editing is a lengthy and arduous process. In previous weeks, I’ve shared tips for the first two parts of how to edit a book, structural and copy editing. Proofreading is also a necessary step before book publication.


What is Proofreading?
Proofreading is the final step of book editing where the editor takes a last look over the whole manuscript to identify spelling errors or grammatical mistakes. This is done after checking for a narrative arc, judging the believability of the story and making sure the book has a clear motivation and plot. Here are 5 tips for proofreading, the final stage of the book editing process.

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Editing Your Book: 3 Tips for Copy Editing

Book editing, especially copy editing, tightens words and ideas in your written work. Earlier we shared several tips for the structural editing process once you’ve finished writing. Book editing is a multi-step process and once you have established a solid narrative with a compelling storyline, you are ready to move on to copy editing. Here are 3 tips for copy editing to make you book the best it can be.


What is Copy Editing?

Copy editing is the process of verifying the accuracy of your written text. During the book editing process, you are not changing the content or ideas. Focus only on formatting, style and if all words are correct.

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How to Edit a Book: 3 Tips for Structural Editing

Book editing is a multi-step process. There are 3 crucial components to editing your novel which include structural editing, copy editing and proofreading. Taking care in the structural editing process will make your book more likely to catch the attention of a publisher. Knowing how to edit a book can make you a better writer and take your work to the next level. Here are 3 tips for structural revisions, the first stage of book editing.


What is Structural Editing?

When completing the structural editing process, you are looking to solidify the framework of your book. Much like the structure of a building, your novel must have a solid plot, a good pace and follow the narrative arc.

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3 Tips for Writers: Writing Multiple Genres

As a writer, it’s important to brand yourself to be successful when marketing your novels. However, it is also important to practice writing multiple genres to vary your abilities and gain fresh ideas. You might be surprised at what comes to your imagination when you write multiple genres. Maybe you have stories to tell that won’t fit into your current genre.  Don’t let branding step in the way of your writing. Here are 3 tips for writers to help you with penning multiple genres.

What's your favorite genre?

What’s your favorite genre?

3 Tips for Writers of Multiple Genres

  1. Be Creative

Many successful writers say there are only a certain number of conflict structures to write about and it’s our creativity that makes us stand out from the rest. Changing your style and writing outside your usual genre can give you fresh ideas and boost your creativity! If you’re struggling with a current novel, try writing some new prompts that can help you switch it up.

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How to Be More Creative in Your Writing: 3 Tips

“Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see all around us.” -Don DeLillo

Creative writing is about more than just facts. It’s about conveying thoughts and emotions. Professional writers often don’t know how to insert more creativity into their work to effectively get their message across to readers. When writing is a daily task, it is easy to fall into a rut. Here are 3 tips to help you learn how to be more creative in your writing.

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Photo Courtesy of: Matthias

How to Be More Creative in Your Writing: 3 Tips

  1. Embrace Your Writing Quirks

All writers have a different process for tackling creative writing. Do what feels best for you and remember that keeping odd habits or having a preferred place to work is the norm. Everyone creates differently. Find a space where you feel the most comfortable writing and if it works for you, embrace strange habits: maybe it’s writing your novel out of order.

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How to Edit a Book: 4 Tips

“Say as much as you can in as few words as possible.” -Sir Leslie Stephen

You’ve spent countless days pouring your heart out onto the page to give your characters a life and story of their own. Writing a novel from start to finish is an arduous process and you may feel drained after the book is complete. Once you’ve finished writing your story, editing it may seem overwhelming. Book editing is a lengthy process, but here are 4 tips for how to edit a book while making it as enjoyable as writing the novel itself.


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How to Edit a Book: 4 Tips

  1. Try Editing on Paper

Although it may be a lot of pages to print, book editing is done faster on paper than on a computer. We read slower on screen than on a page and the computer also keeps us distracted from the goal at hand.

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Overcoming Writer’s Block: 7 Tips

Overcoming writer’s block can be tough. You can sit for hours staring at your screen, wondering what to type next. Not knowing what to write afflicts all authors at one point or another, but fortunately there are some easy, practical ways to help the words begin to flow. Here are 7 tips for overcoming writer’s block.

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Photo Courtesy of: Rennett Stowe

7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

  1. Change Your Surroundings

The space you work in should help inspire you to be creative. Are your chair and workspace comfortable? Do you work best in an orderly environment or surrounded by clutter? If you find yourself at a loss for words, consider rearranging your space or moving to a new location.

  1. Exercise

Getting your blood flowing is a great way to help your mind generate creative new ideas. Even getting up and stretching for a few minutes can do wonders for your writing.

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3 Tips for Writing a Novel

“You can’t write a novel all at once, any more than you can swallow a whale in one gulp.” – Orson Scott Card

Have you always wanted to write a novel? Planning to write a long work of fiction is the perfect time to craft the story you’ve always wanted to read. What are your favorite parts of the novels you love and how would you make them better? Now is your opportunity to craft a masterpiece. Here are 3 novel writing tips to help make your idea a bestseller!

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Photo Courtesy of: Chris

3 Novel Writing Tips

  1. Know Your Characters

One of the best novel writing tips is to know your characters and outline who they are as much as possible. You should create entire lives and personalities for them to make it easier for the readers to relate and care about them. Don’t give your readers a biographical profile of them, though. Use descriptive words to show how characters feel.

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How to Write a Mystery Novel

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” – Ernest Hemingway

As a writer, if you know how to write a mystery novel, you can add to the diversity of your work. Reading a lot of mysteries can help you learn how to write one because most follow a specific formula. Here are 3 major elements to include when writing a mystery novel.

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Photo Courtesy of: Karoly Czifra

Writing a Mystery Novel: 3 Things to Include

  1. The Crime

Start by mapping out the crime exactly as it happened, from start to finish. Imagine the characters involved and their emotions as the crime occurred. What does the crime scene look like? What time of day is it? Exactly how was the crime committed? This will help to make it as believable as possible when you craft the story. It will also help you “show” instead of “tell” your readers, which is important when writing a mystery novel.

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How to Write a Love Story

Everyone loves a great love story. But as a writer, how do you craft a story that is so real, it could have taken place in life? Some writing critics say that writing a love story today is harder than it was for Shakespeare because it was easier for obstacles to be placed between two star-crossed lovers in Shakespeare’s time due to rigid class distinctions. We may have less class-based obstacles in our society today, but writers can still place plenty of obstacles between two characters in the modern age and create a captivating love story. Here is how to write a love story using 4 essential elements.


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4 Steps to Writing a Love Story

1. Start an Adventure

Create a world (or two!) in which your characters will live. Dream up lots of details for your characters to interact with including the environment, time period and weather. Take time outside and observe the world around you. Imagine as if you were the main character, longing to meet your true love. What details would you be paying attention to?

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