Turning the first draft into the second, second draft into the third.
Some basic tips on editing your manuscript.
Good dialogue is never about words that come out of a character's mouth.
The goal of the second draft is to make a book the reader cannot put down.
It's not what your characters are saying that counts. It's what they are not saying.
If you are very, very new to writing, here are 10 really basic things you might want to know but were afraid to ask.
When Joseph Conrad's Nostromo was first published in 1904, many of the words used in the text must have been unfamiliar to the general public. The common folk of the neighborhood, peons of the estancias, vaqueros of the seaboard plains, tame Indians coming miles to market with a bundle of sugar-cane or a basket of maize worth … Continue reading Do you have to understand every word?
An experiment reveals that 92.6% of the words in a first draft were redundant.