Editing Tips Gained from Pitch Wars

Hey everyone!

I’m currently in the middle of editing for Pitch Wars (you should click here if you haven’t heard of it!) so I don’t have much time for a blog post. However, since I’m editing, I’ll give you a quick recap of my favorite tips I received over the past few weeks. Here we go!

Query/Synopsis Help:

For these, I have two websites and you should just read from there:

Query – http://www.brenda-drake.com/2016/05/pitch-wars-query-simplified/

Synopsis – http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2012/04/17/how-to-write-a-1-page-synopsis/

 

Getting Rid of Unnecessary Words:

Want to find the words you use the most? Go here for a pretty view – http://www.wordle.net/

Use Control F on MS Word to find the following “distancing” words and change them to active words instead!
Ex: She heard him exhale –> He exhaled.

  • saw
  • heard
  • look
  • felt
  • thought
  • noticed
  • is/was
  • has/had

Use Control F on MS Word to find the following “garbage” words and minimize the use of them!

  • that
  • just
  • really
  • very
  • totally
  • so
  • good
  • great
  • quite
  • little
  • well
  • literally
  • Oh!
  • words ending in -ly

 

Other Helpful Sites/Links:

Get the Grammarly extension to find common grammar mistakes that MS word doesn’t catch. Can get a free 2 week trial if you and a friend both sign up via email – https://www.grammarly.com/

Use the (Free!) Hemmingway App. Fixes many things! – http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

http://www.brightonwalsh.com/your-first-assignment-beat-sheets/

https://storify.com/WriteAsRain_/formatting

https://storify.com/WriteAsRain_/first-chapter-do-s-and-don-ts

 

Hope I helped another author out! Good luck with your editing as well!

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