If you write, then chances are you struggle with revision and self-editing. It can be a sometimes arduous process – but the joy you feel when you nail it, when your words come together like pieces of a puzzle and snap perfectly into place makes all the effort worthwhile.
If you'd like to improve your self-editing ability, make it easier on yourself and more enjoyable, Writer's Digest has a special event that you should know about.
Here’s what's happening:
Jerry B. Jenkins, one of the country's bestselling authors, has agreed to conduct a 2-hour webinar presentation tomorrow, August 25th, during which he will share his razor sharp advice for crafting work that stands out. Digest. The presentation, titled “How to be a Ferocious Self-Editor,” will change how you think about the craft of writing and illuminate fundamental writing principles that will take your work to the next level.
It all begins at 1 p.m., EST, Aug. 25, 2011. Jerry will be presenting for 2 hours. Each registration includes access to the archived version of the presentation for a full year. In addition to benefiting from Jerry's instruction, you'll also have the ability to ask Jerry questions during the live event. No question goes unanswered! If he can't get to your question during the two hours as scheduled, it will be answered afterwards via email. Sign up here.
In her book, Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose says that “…for any writer, the ability to look at a sentence and see what’s superfluous, what can be altered, revised, expanded, or especially cut, is essential. It’s satisfying to see that sentence shrink, snap into place, and ultimately emerge in a more polished form: clean, economical, sharp.”
Despite that the vehicles carrying your writing to the market are changing every minute—whether you’re Tweeting, blogging, submitting to online/print publications, pitching conventional publishers or planning to self-publish—the cream still rises to the top. Your writing has to be edited and rewritten until it shines. The competition has never been tougher, and that’s why it’s important your work is vigorously self-edited and revised before you ever submit to editors or agents. Learning to edit and rewrite your own stuff is more crucial than ever.
This session will give you the tools to fashion your writing to where it’s a cut above the competition. You’ll see, with examples of pages on screen, how to wrestle every sentence into submission. Sign up here.
What you’ll learn:
- How to make every word count
- Secrets of dialogue attribution, including the latest trends
- How to avoid clichés, including more than words or phrases—catching hackneyed situations and scenes
- How to avoid throat-clearing and get quickly to your point
- The importance of maintaining a single point of view
- How to resist the urge to explain, giving the reader credit
- How to make your writing irresistible to an editor
Jerry B. Jenkins is a New York Times best-selling novelist and biographer with more than 70 million books sold. He is the co-creator of the Left Behind series. His writing has appeared in Time, Reader’s Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and many other periodicals. He has been featured on the cover of Newsweek and Writer’s Digest.
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Hope to see you online!
Phil Sexton, Publisher, Writer's Digest (follow me on Twitter @psexton1)