Self-Editing Tips and Tricks

Almost a year ago, I was privileged to attend the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference. One of the sessions I attended was taught by Diana Savage. Her topic was Self-Editing Tips and Tricks. Here are my impressions from that session.

Diana Savage taught about Self-Editing Tips and Tricks. She has spent years as a writer and in the editing business, and I could tell that she was teaching from the heart of that experience. Some topics included:

  • Types of Editing.
  • Info on Copyright law
  • Style Manuals
  • Books on Grammar and Editing
  • Finding an editor

She emphasized the importance of using strong action verbs and avoiding the use of adverbs that end in -ly. Good advice. She also stressed the importance of using active rather than passive voice and careful proofreading. She also pointed out that the gold standard for dictionaries is the Merriam-Webster as is the Chicago Manual of Style for other things.

Both the Merriam-Webster and the Chicago Manual of Style are available in print and have online subscriptions as well.

My takeaway from this session was a reinforcement of the need for excellent editing. You can avoid a lot of editing issues by taking care while you write.

This year’s conference will be May 15-16, 2015. There is still time to register and attend. Here is a link.

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