5 Editing Tips for Fiction Authors

1. Don’t get too attached to what you write. I cannot stress this enough! You may grin when you read your story now, but there’s always room for improvement. Dedicate a read-through for chopping down unnecessary details in your story; this will help with the flow and give you room for more character development.

2. Spend some time away from the story after it’s complete. Forget all the rabbit trails and come back with a fresh perspective. Errors will stand out like sore thumbs, because your mind won’t fill in the holes for you as much.

3. Put yourself in the character’s shoes. Think of all the ways you could respond to and get out of situations. This will help you spot holes in your story. If you feel like something’s a stretch, rework things until it’s right.

4. Don’t be afraid to spell things out. The characters in your story literally live inside of your head, but your readers are just getting to know them. Subtle hints are beautiful, but don’t compromise the plot by expecting the reader to figure out every clue. Sometimes, it’s as simple as adding a line of dialogue to help explain.

5. Read through the entire story with only grammar in mind. You’ll spot more mistakes if you aren’t sucked in. Fix simple issues, and if you’re unsure of something, highlight it. Recurring errors will be easier to spot when they’re fresh on your mind. Go back later and research/fix the things you highlighted.

Thanks for reading, and I hope this helps! Wishing you the best in everything you endeavor to accomplish.

-The eBook Bandit