Go Teen Writers: Edit Your Novel

Go Teen Writers: Edit Your Novel

by Stephanie Morrill, Jill Williamson

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Overview

You know your first draft has problems, but what’s the best way to fix them? How do you know where to start editing? Or for many writers the bigger question becomes, "How do I know when I’m done?"

Popular bloggers Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williamson have been where you are, and they want to help you understand, and even come to love—yes, love—the editing process.

In this revised and updated edition of Go Teen Writers: Edit Your Novel, you’ll learn:


  • Methods for efficiently editing your novel.
  • What problems to look for in your manuscript and how to solve them.
  • Where to start editing, and how to know when you’re done.
  • How to keep track of your story’s character, storyworld, and setting details.
  • How a critique group can help you.
  • The pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing.
  • An overview of pitching your novel and making writing your career.
  • And much more!


Teaching yourself how to edit a first draft can feel hard, discouraging, and isolating. But using this guide, you'll feel encouraged, empowered, and capable--as if you had a writing coach sitting alongside you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732880801
Publisher: Luminous
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 831,715
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Stephanie Morrill is a member of the American Christian fiction Writers Association and the Teen Lit writers' group. When she isn't writing or traveling, she's likely reading or experimenting with new recipes. Morrill also serves in youth ministry. She lives in suburban Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband and young daughter.

Table of Contents



A LETTER FROM STEPHANIE AND JILL

STEP 1: MAKE YOUR GOOD BOOK GREAT

The Macro Edit—Taking Care of Big Issues

Chapter 1 Thicker Plots

The Story Problem

Story Structure

Writing the Cream of Your Story

Creating Plot Twists

Filling in the Gaps

Try-Fail Cycles

Chapter 2: Deeper Characters

Main Characters: Someone Worth Following

Writing a Strong Antagonist

The Rest of the Cast

Chapter 3:

Richer Settings

Picking the Right Contemporary Setting

Creating a Mythical Storyworld

Writing Historical Fiction

Chapter 4: Weaving in Your Theme

Digging Out Your Themes

But . . . What If Readers Don’t Like My Theme?

Chapter 5: Do Your Research

CHAPTER 6: WHY BOTHER?

Book surgery

The Micro Edit—Cleaning Up the Writing

Chapter 7: Tracking the Details

How To Create a Story Workbook

Chapter 8: Scene Structure

Making Sure Each Scene Matters

Chapter 9: Point of View

Point of View Basics

Tightening Point of View

Giving Your Narrative a Boost

Chapter 10: Your Character’s Past

Flashbacks

Chapter 11: Dialogue That Speaks

Chapter 12: Cut Out the Telling

Chapter 13: Weaving in Description

Describing Through a Point of View Character

Description Through Word Choice

The Five Senses

Chapter 14: Fresh Writing

Chapter 15: Tightening Your Prose

Passive vs. Active Writing

Chapter 16: Formatting It Right

Technicalities

“Correctly” Using Italics

Punctuation

Chapter 17: How to Know When You’re Done

Editing Issues That Don’t Happen on the Page

Chapter 18: Self-Doubt & Others’ Expectations

Chapter 19: Wrestling with Procrastination

How to deal with Procrastination

STEP 2: LEARNING THE ROPES OF THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

Chapter 20: Behave Like a Pro Before You Are

Guideline #1

Guideline #2

Guideline #3

Guideline #4

Guideline #5

Chapter 21: Critique Groups

How to Critique a Manuscript

A Different View on Critique Groups

Chapter 22: Traditional Publishing

What the Process Can Look Like

How Advances Work

Independent Publishers

Chapter 23: Self-Publishing

STEP 3 PUTTING YOURSELF OUT THERE

How we got started

Chapter 24: Pitching Your Novel

Defining Your Genre

Your Target Audience

Your Hook Sentences

Your Back-Cover Copy

Your Author Bio

Your Synopsis

Compiling it All into a Book Proposal

STEP 4 FINDING A GOOD LITERARY AGENT

Chapter 25: Literary Agents

How to Find Literary Agents

How to Query

Chapter 26: Dealing with Rejection

STEP 5 BUILDING A CAREER

Be a Writer Who Grows

Remember Why You Write!

In Closing . . .

EXTRAS: LISTS AND RESOURCES

The Go Teen Writers

Self-Editing Checklist

Macro Edit

Micro Edit

Self-Editing Dialogue Checklist

Stephanie & Jill’s Weasel Words & Phrases

Stephanie’s

Jill’s

Story Brainstorming Questions

Story Plotting Charts

Copyediting Symbols

Character Archetypes

Hobbies & Skills Brainstorming List

Character Traits Brainstorming List

Historical Periods

Glossary of Terms

Publishing Industry Terms

Writing Craft Terms

Recommended Resources

Acknowledgements

About the Authors

Customer Reviews