Editing; it’s one of those love/hate parts of being a writer. Whether you enjoy the process or loathe it, it is an unavoidable and essential part of the novel writing process. And you will likely edit the same manuscript not once, not twice, but three, four, five….you get the idea! There are many resources out there for editing, including books dedicated to the matter. Here are three must-have books on editing that I’d recommend to writers who need a little support and advice.
The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript
I picked up this book while browsing a Barnes and Noble in New York (a real dream for an English girl!). It’s a really useful tool, with checklists and advice that you can go through while editing to ensure you’ve got the basics of a good story down. It’s a helpful guide, and I love the checklist element, as you can flick through it any time for a quick tighten up of your work.
This book I think could actually be read before writing, as well as during the editing process. It has some really great thoughts, advice, and focus on developing your characters based on their drive and motives, and ensuring you know what the stakes are for each character. Reading this recently, I wish I’d read it during my planning stage, but it’s absolutely playing a huge part in strengthening my story now as I edit.
I’d refer to this as a ‘starter’ book, perfect for first-time writers, editing their first manuscript. This was the first book on writing I ever bought, and it goes through everything from dialogue to point of view. A fantastic starting point, well written, and helpful.
Do you have any books you swear by for editing? If so, share in the comments below!
Keep writing (and editing!)