Breaking from the format of “Quick Editing Tips,” I interview fiction developmental editor M.S. Wordsmith (aka Mariëlle S. Smith) about her job. If you’ve ever wondered how a developmental editor can help you turn your story from so-so to so amazing, listen to this episode.
If you’ve been a writer for very long, you’ve very likely heard or read the advice, “Kill your darlings.” But how can you tell when you’re writing “darlings” and when they need to be edited from your book?
If you try to accomplish too much at once when editing, you will break your brain. So what’s your recourse?
The hardest editing tip to put into practice isn’t even technically editing. Rather, it’s how you approach your editing.
One of the best pieces of writing and editing advice I ever read came from Stephen King’s memoir On Writing. To me, it’s the best first tip to begin a podcast on self-editing because it’s what you should do before you begin editing.