I‘ve recently been reading Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King. Let me tell you how hard it is to read a book so insightful it tempts you to stop making forward progress on your novel and start hacking away at what you have already written. While I shall resist the temptation to dissect my more than 200 pages of work, I will acknowledge how important it is to recognize your pitfalls and address them – in good time, after the first draft, once it’s all on paper (or screen, or notebook, or post-it notes, or whatever).
I have no illusions about my amateurish writing prose. There is a big difference between editing a book and actually writing one. I haven’t written stacks of books. I will be happy to finish my first and start the next. However, knowing this doesn’t excuse sloppy writing when resources are available to grow your craft.
Some people can read books within their genre and make changes to their own prose and adapt. I’ve worked with writers who are able to borrow styles and adjust them to make them uniquely theirs. They have an instinct for it. I’m a little more analytical. I want the why and how of what works and what doesn’t. If you feel you might be this way too, I would encourage you to crack this book open and give it a test drive.
I would especially recommend this book if you edit others people work, are in a writers group, or want to understand more thoroughly why some things work for you and others don’t. Just another tool for you to add to your belt. Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!