Review: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

self-editingSo I finally got around to reading Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King, which I originally mentioned in this post.  And now I wonder what took me so long. What a great book!

The main topics include characterization, point of view, dialogue, and monologue. The book definitely skews toward the micro end of the editing spectrum; there’s not much discussion about plot structure, thematic development, or putting scenes together. But that’s fine. What it does it does very well.

One especially nice thing about Self-Editing is that each chapter ends with some questions you can ask yourself during the revision process. It also includes exercises (and even sample answers in the back), which I wasn’t especially interested in, but would come in handy if you were using the book for a class or workshop.

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