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Polishing your gems – 5 editing strategies (Part 3 of 3)

Using discernment in critique groups Critiques are often filled with both good and bad advice. For a writer, this can be confusing. Fellow writers sometimes attempt to impose their voice onto your work. Critiquing is not intended to cause writers to adopt a specific style of writing, but to identify problems that keep their voice […]

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Polishing your gems – 5 editing strategies (Part 2 of 3)

3. Helpful Tools There are a few helpful tools that assist writers in catching a large portion of mistakes. These tools will help you catch many errors, but the work is far from complete from our self-editing. Keep in mind, this is course grit polishing. These help smooth out the rough edges and find obvious […]

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Polishing your gems – 5 editing strategies (Part 1 of 3)

Once you finish writing your manuscript, the work of self-editing begins. Self-editing is the process of catching the obvious mistakes so you don’t waste critiquing time with the little stuff. A critique partner or an editor should only see your work after it’s polished as far as you can take it. With very few exceptions, […]

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