Utilizing feedback to improve a manuscript during the editing process is one of the most crucial skills for any budding writer to develop.
But when I’m editing manuscripts, I so often see situations where authors made very confusing choices, like eliminating all physical description and/or exposition, launching straight into an action scene before the reader has gotten their bearings, or starting with a baffling prologue.
When we later have our consultation call after the edit, the author will invariably sigh and go, “Yeah, one of my beta readers said I should do X, Y, and Z.”
It usually turns out that the feedback was directionally correct, but the author took the advice too far and ended up making things worse.
Here’s how to avoid overcorrecting and ending up in the proverbial writing ditch.