Of course you want to edit at home. But this post (which is part self-promotion for it author) does have some great tips for what she calls polishing. (Check my resources page for links to the Purdue OWL, the AP Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style.) And fix that first draft.
Self-Editing? Do Not Try This at Home! | Indie Author News
This post from econsultancy is about writing copy for websites, but the advice is good for most writers. We’ve long since moved beyond the complex, compound sentences of the 19th century. But many of us could still pare words from sentences. These tips show how.
Nine surprisingly lengthy tips for cutting and editing your copy | Econsultancy
With the discovery of a lost Harper Lee manuscript, writers are talking about what to do with a first manuscript. At Writing the Novel, an author panel organized by WNIJ public radio at Northern Illinois University, the topic came up. (Another session is scheduled Feb. 18; check here for details.) While the stories of the three panelists varied, none said his or her first novel fell from their fingertips to publication without some bumps — and some work — in the road. Anne R. Allen offers some advice about what to do with first novels in this blog post.
Anne R. Allen’s Blog: Should You “Send Out” that First Novel? 9 Things to Consider First
This wasn’t exactly my path to editing, but I certainly shared the reading — a lot — step. I didn’t focus on quality reading. But reading badly written material can be educational, too. If you’re looking for an editor, you might want to ask how many of the steps he or she took.
How I Became an Editor (and Advice If You Want to Be One Too) – Next Step Editing
Several of my indie writing friends have been talking about finding editors to work with. At some point, most writers want to get beyond their critique groups to a reader with a fresh, trained eye. Here are a few tips for finding the right person.
How to Find an Independent Editor to Review Your Work – Writer’s Circle
With one day left, here are 10 more tips for NaNo.
The Writing Box — 10 NaNoWriMo Tips
If you’re thinking about Nanowrimo, here are some practices worth considering for a month-long project. When I read number four, I wondered if I could use it with a character, too.
7 Discipline-Mastering Practices : zenhabits
OK, you passed the first step. Now you have a deadline to meet and for some reason you haven’t been able to polish up the article or chapter that’s due … tomorrow. If you really have to work all night, here are some tips for pulling it off.
What’s the Best Way to Pull an All-Nighter – WSJ.com
With apologies to Walt Whitman, it’s safe to say learning how to read body language certainly can help to write body language more effectively. Here are a few hints.
How to Read Body Language More Effectively
Mark Twain’s delivery on the page is amazing. Who couldn’t learn from him?
Mark Twain, Writing Coach and Role Model – The Daily Beast