10 Tips For Editing Your Short Story

Writer in Wedges

So you have written your short story and cannot wait to release it into the world. But before doing that, it is important to take some extra time to make sure your story is properly edited, despite the fact that editing is nowhere near as fun as writing.

  1. Spell/Grammar Check

    The first step towards the best version of your story is hitting that spellcheck button and proofreading it to make sure there are no errors. A story which contains spelling and/or grammar mistakes very often won’t be taken seriously.

  2. Remove Adjectives/Adverbs

    Sometimes, less is more, and this is especially true when it comes to adjectives and adverbs. Too much of either can suffocate your story. Instead, opt for using a stronger verb or a noun.

  3. Remove Repetition

    This is very important to keep your readers’ attention. If you catch yourself repeating the same thing several times throughout the story, you know…

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3 thoughts on “10 Tips For Editing Your Short Story

  1. The only thing I would add, as I painfully remove excessive adjectives and adverbs, is the importance of keeping your own voice. It often take years to develop a style recognizable by your readers and having reached that stage, I don’t intend to make my writing style revert back to ‘See Dick run.” Other than that, this is a great set of reminders.

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