Thursday, April 22, 2010

Editing for Mechanics, Day 3

Three Edit Passes
Day 3 on my stroll through my notes on editing:

1. Content Revision
2. Style and Readability
3. Mechanics


--- Grammar
- Sentence structure
- Pronoun use
- Consistent tense/person

--- Dialect—a little goes a long way—should be consistent with character (vocabulary, word use)

--- Pleonasms—Extra words
Remove words that can be deleted without changing the scene
e.g., due to / on account of

--- Intensives—Overused words
e.g., such, then, slightly, very

--- Misused words
e.g., affect/effect, farther/further

Write Everyday!


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