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Editing your work will make all the difference between messy manuscript and clean draft. Sophie Beal sets out a plan of action


You did what you said you would and wrote a novel. All you need to do now is send it to an agent, or publish it yourself. Right? I wouldn’t, not yet. The chances are it’s not good enough at the moment, but take heart. Tolstoy redrafted War and Peace twelve times before it was ready for the rest of us to read.

Separate yourself from your novel

If you’ve written 80,000 of a novel, the chances are you feel you know your fictional world as well as your real one. To you, it makes complete sense. You understand what each of your characters mean when they speak. You can see that alien jungle clearly in your mind’s eye. Read your story through now and you will have an almost perfect sense of what you were trying to convey. But your readers are not telepathic. They only have your words.

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Free your mind! In the new issue of Writing Magazine we look at finding new ways to expand your creative horizons. We also take a look at editing, and offer a practical plan to take your work from messy manuscript to a clean draft that will impress editors. In our star interview, Joanne Harris talks about folklore, fairy tales and sprinkling magic into your fiction. Plus inspiring ideas, practical exercises, success stories, writing prizes to win and much, much more!

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