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Useful Tips for Self-Editing a Manuscript

To this list, I would add: read your manuscript from end to beginning. Checking it this way means you aren’t reading the story in context and are less likely to miss something. Nicely done!

A Writer's Path

 

by Emily Nemchick

Whilst there is no substitute for hiring a professional editor, self-editing is an important skill for any writer to hone. For one thing, the more passes a manuscript gets, the fewer errors will remain in the final product. If you are using an editor, be sure to self-edit thoroughly first so they can focus on the things you have missed. If you are not using an editor, then self-editing is doubly essential. Here are a few tips to make sure you catch as many errors as possible.

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