“Far better to give your readers some hints and then allow them to fill in the blanks for themselves.”
Genre: Writing How-To/Non-Fiction
Number of Pages: 288.
Two experienced editors give clear advice for how to edit your manuscript to get it ready for publishing. For a complete summary, you can go here.
If you are looking for a great editing book, I highly recommend this one. It assumes you already have a somewhat complete manuscript, then walks you through how to make it better. It even includes checklists and exercises to practice. The best part is that they include good and bad examples for each category to clearly show how to do what they suggest.
The topics include dialogue, exposition, point of view, repetition, interior monologue, and more. I highlighted and marked up my copy of this book. It took a long time to read it because I read it a little at a time as I was editing my book. I predict this will be one that I refer back to often throughout my writing process.
This book is great for beginning and intermediate writers. It can be a great first editing book or one to add to your collection. I highly recommend it! It is the first non-fiction book I am giving my Best Book Award! If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“You want to draw your readers into the world you’ve created, make them feel a part of it, make them forget where they are. And you can’t do this effectively if you tell your readers about your world secondhand.”