How to Edit Your Novel Like a Boss (And Stay Focused While You’re Doing It)

Vivien Reis

What do we want?!

To be published!

When do we want it?!

Yesterday!

How do we get it?!

*crickets*

So you’ve finished your first draft and you’re super duper excited. What now? How do you dive back in with the mindset of polishing this jumbled mess of words?

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First off, I think it’s important to understand the difference between writing and editing. This difference may be obvious, but more specifically I want to point out one particular thing that changes for you, the writer. Have you ever heard this quote before?

“You should write first for yourself, then for others.”

In a nutshell it means that you should first write the story you want to read. If you’re a proponent of this thought, then this should highlight the difference that I’m talking about:

“You should edit first for your reader, then for your reader.”

Once you’ve written a story

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