I Just Have to Share This Writer’s Digest Article Because It’s So Informative!

How to Revise Your Work (& Awesome Editing Symbols You Should Know)

by Brian Klems

Maybe I’m a nerd, but I love the editing process. I love recasting sentences to make them stronger, choosing specific words to make dialogue sing, correcting grammar until it’s fit to print and drawing little squibblies all over the page (mainly because I like the way squibblies look). Honestly, I use editing marks so much that sometimes I get bored with the usual suspects and make up my own.
Here is a list of Well-Known Editing Symbols, just in case you aren’t familiar:

Here is a list of the Brian A. Klems Lesser-Known Editing Symbols Worksheet:
If you need help revising your work, check out these excellent articles filled with advice on how to turn your good manuscript into a great manuscript:

Revisions: What Every Writer Should Know
The Revision Process: How I Prepared My Book for Publication
6 Keys to Revising Your Fiction
Revision Checklist (via agent-turned-author Nathan Bransford)

And finally, if you want to really amp up your manuscript to make sure agents read past page one, consider downloading:

70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes

P.S.—According to my wife, there’s no “maybe” in the sentence “maybe I’m a nerd.” Such is the life of a writer.

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I Guarantee You Will Love This New Blog Or Your Money Back . . . sorta.

My dear friend, Dan Silveria, has started a new blog called: Chaosmosis – The Stationary Missionary.

I would be forever grateful if you’ll take some time and read it. I think you’ll find it is time well-spent and that you’ll be going back again and again to read this delightful, insightful, and witty blog (I couldn’t think of a -ful word to use for witty).

Please let me know what you think . . .

To whet your reading whistle (say that aloud . . . weading whithle), here’s his About Chaosmosis page text:

I’m a housebound quadriplegic couch-potato with an opinion on everything. You might say that I’m a cultural common-tader. (You might.) Smart people warn that one should always avoid the dangerous topics of Religion & Politics, so it goes without saying that my two favorite topics are Religion & Politics (but I said it anyway).
I’m an aspiring Catholic, not yet worthy of communion with the mystical body, but in the meantime, I’m an unapologetic apologist with a twist of twistedness. However, as St. Teresa of Avila so eloquently put it, “If I should say anything that is not in conformity with what is held by the Holy Roman Catholic Church, it will be through ignorance and not through malice.”
I love to think about big picture stuff, and here is where I’ll be throwing spaghetti monsters against the wall to see what sticks. A philosopher is simply “a lover of wisdom,” which is what you get when you break apart its Greek roots: “philo” meaning lover and “sophia” meaning wisdom. And “sofa” meaning couch and “spud” meaning potato, which is someone who watches excessive amounts of television. Oh, um, “tele” meaning distant and “vision” meaning … well, you get the picture.

Published in: on August 8, 2011 at 12:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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