Self-editing a piece slated for publishing goes beyond spell-checking your work. These writing mistakes should also be addressed to ensure your writing is clear, vibrant, and effective.
In my years of coaching writers, I’ve seen manuscripts from many a new author. The manuscripts I receive normally come from nonprofessional writers who have experienced or learned something they feel compelled to share. But because they aren’t professional writers – some of them may not have written since they were in school – the work is often substandard. Here are 10 common mistakes new writers make. You can avoid all of them!
When you finish writing the first draft of your manuscript, there's a good chance that your novel is NOT done. In fact, if you expect your novel to be a work of permanent perfection, it probably never will be "done." Sure, you could just wait ten years to publish your novel, but who's to say that after twenty years you won't have the same "how could I have missed it" experience? There comes a time when "good enough" is good enough. So how do you know when you've reached that point?