Editing Your Book: What Else?
In addition to the steps outlined by K. M. Weiland in “Your NaNo Novel Is a Hot Mess! How to Edit Your Book”, here are more things you can do to help make your book or story publication ready!
- Review each chapter and section for consistent and appropriate POV
- Fact check:
- place names
- historical events
- people’s names
- telephone numbers
- Geographic features key to the story
- fictional character names (Hester Prynne vs Hester Prine)
- Check dates
- within the storyline
- with contemporaneous events, as needed
- Run spelling and grammar checker!
- Review for punctuation
- Review for capitalization
- Review for filter words that separate your reader from the story (notice, realize, thought, had)
- “She decided to tell Gladys that …” à “She told Gladys …”
- “He noticed the wind blowing through her hair.” à “The wind blew through her hair.”
- “He had gone…” à “He went…”
- Review for weak words (then, that, down, be, turn)
- “He set his keys down on the table.”
- Review for your specific watch words (flop, plop; as; particularly)
Using Technology: Run “Search and Destroy” Macros