Editing Manuscripts, For Better Or Worse


Brennan Reid talks us through the process of editing your work ready for publication.

Brennan Reid

There are two ways to edit a manuscript, each of which should be performed in conjunction with one another:

  • Do it yourself.
  • Have someone do it for you.

Pencils are nowhere near as intimidating. Pencils are nowhere near as intimidating.

Simple, right? It should be. I’m not going to preach about editing and prepping a final, publish-ready draft — we’re all serious here about writing, so we already know this. Instead, I’m going to investigate a few different ways I go about editing and why I think it’s the most stressful job in the world.

What To Edit For

I’m an extremely harsh self-editor. I knew this but didn’t realize the extent until I started going through draft and draft of my 75,000 word sci-fi project. I’d change a name, drop a hint, shift a scene, pull words, and do everything I could to become totally confident in the final draft. It was (and still is)…

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