Why Self-Editing Your Novel Doesn’t Really Work – by Dario Ciriello…

on Fiction University:

I once found myself reassuring an author on Twitter. The author had shown someone their final novel draft, which they’d gone through countless times, and the reader found a number of mistakes in just the first ten pages.

This isn’t in the least unusual. And although there’s currently a rash of books and blog posts on how to self-edit, the reality is that you’re not — unless you’re already a seasoned pro, and even then — going to catch the majority of issues with your own work. It’s impossible.

I’m not talking about typos here, or even commonly confused words (

discreet for discrete, effect for affect, etc.), missing quotation marks, and the like, all of which will slip past spellcheck and most authors’ revision passes. No, the dangers lie in far more significant errors such as plot holes, continuity glitches, confusing passages of insufficiently-tagged dialogue, impossible actions, viewpoint slips, mangled syntax, and so much more.

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One thought on “Why Self-Editing Your Novel Doesn’t Really Work – by Dario Ciriello…

  1. It really pays for the author to set us a ‘style guide’ as they’re doing their first draft and refine during their own editing process, s that when the MS goes out either fir editing/beta reading/etc, not only are those stylistic choices well and truly baked into the MS but readers/editors can refer to it as well … solves quite a few unnecessary headaches. 😀

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