More Editing Tips

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We’re on to the next set of editing tips. 

I would be lost without ProWritingAid. 

This editing software helps fine-tune a document of any kind. It also helps you become a better writer. Since I’ve started using this software, my use of passive voice has significantly decreased. 

My favorite reports to run through my book are;

Style

Grammar/Spelling

Overused words

Sticky sentences

Passive voice

I also like to run the general report on the entire manuscript before and after to see how much I improved. 

After this close edit is done, it’s time to bring in outside eyes. This means Beta Readers and Editors. 

You want to have your story as good as it can be before you send it to others so they don’t have to worry about little things like grammar and spelling. You want them to focus on the story alone. 

Beta readers are great for big picture input. And not only can they help with advice for the story, they’re also able to provide early reviews once the book goes live. 

Editors work on more the technical side of things and there are several types of editors to pick from. What type of help you need will weigh in on which type you’d want to pick. 

Always remember, though, that you don’t have to listen to every piece of advice you receive. If it doesn’t fit in with the image, you have in your head, you always have creative license in the end. 

We’re coming to the end of the editing stages. And by this point you’ve probably tired of reading your own book. But hang in there for the home stretch – it’s all worth it in the end. 

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