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 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
Writing the Cream of Your Story
Creating Plot Twists
Filling in the Gaps
Chapter 2: Deeper Characters
Main Characters: Someone Worth Following
Writing a Strong Antagonist
The Rest of the Cast
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?
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
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
“Correctly” Using Italics
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
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
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
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 Dialogue Checklist
Stephanie & Jill’s Weasel Words & Phrases
Story Brainstorming Questions
Story Plotting Charts
Hobbies & Skills Brainstorming List
Character Traits Brainstorming List
Glossary of Terms
Publishing Industry Terms
Writing Craft Terms
About the Authors