Editing resources: Nathan Bransford

Taylor Grace

I’m deep inside the World of Editing. I’m reading, re-reading and hacking away at Amy’s Courage. It’s not easy. Like most writers, I hate editing. But it’s a necessity. It must be done.

What helps me is to break it down in to little pieces that are manageable and to believe I can do it. I’ve done it before. I can do it again. I don’t have to get it perfect right now, I just want progress.

It also helps if I have resources. And one of the best I’ve seen is Nathan Bransford. The guy is genius. He’s actually written a book on how to write a novel.

Here are some examples of Nathan’s amazing resources for editing:

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/06/revision-checklist.html This is a revision check list to beat all checklists. If you can get through it, your novel will shine brighter than the sun. Awesome resource.

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My Writing Philosophy

I am a pluralist when it comes to writing. I regard all genres as equal, whether they are to my taste or not.

I truly believe that almost anyone can become a competent writer. What I mean by “competent” is that you can learn to communicate in text in such a way that you say what you mean and you will not be socially disadvantaged by the way you use the language.

All you have to to do is practice (a lot), and read good examples of what you want to write, and convince other people to teach you their tricks. I can’t help you write The Grapes of Wrath, or guarantee you a good grade, but I can promise you that if you talk with me about writing I will be sensitive and make an honest effort to help you.

I don’t care whether your goal is to produce a piece of serviceable genre fiction, or to get published in Nature, or to write more effective memos. If you ask me a question I will do my best to answer it. If it’s beyond me, I will tell you I don’t know and try to help you find someone who can answer it.

I am not a great writer, but I am a great editor, and I know what good writing looks like. I know how to go though a manuscript and eliminate all the unnecessary words while leaving the author’s voice intact. I am also a pretty good tutor (though real teaching is beyond me).

I am here for other writers. If you drop a comment on one of my threads, I will answer it.

A sensible woman: Jane Austen criticizes Romanticism…

– Confession: I do not know Austen well enough to comment over there, but this is an interesting post, and I check in for Artsunday at S&R every week.

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Marianne Dashwood, the epitome of sensibility, is the heroine Jane Austen most disapproves of…

The six complete Jane Austen novels divide into three interesting pairs. There are the “place” titles – Northanger Abbeyand Mansfield Park – both of which critique the heroine’s naivete. Emma and Persuasion – the “one word” titles – focus on, in the former case, the consequences of a young woman with too much self-confidence and, in the latter case, the consequences of an older woman’s youthful lack of self-confidence. Finally, there are the “characteristics” titles – Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice – that, via characters in each novel who exhibit behaviors related to the titular characteristics, allow the author to show, in the latter work, how the character weaknesses of the novels’ most important couple, once overcome, lead to marital bliss – and, in the former work, contrast sisters who represent both sense…

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