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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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 STAR LETTER 

EDIT APPROVED

Writing my first novel at the age of 52, I had so much to learn. I devoured editing books, online advice and WM, of course.

Unable to remember the mass of advice all at once, I tackled my book the only way my newbie brain could manage. Once the first draft was complete, I created a list of editing ‘missions’, and performed one entire pass of the book per mission:

Pass 1: cut filler (opinion, philosophical ramblings, darlings etc.)

Pass 2: strengthen structure; tie up plot holes

Pass 3: find a more interesting/honest voice

Pass 4: character roundedness, motivation (I found it useful to) have a well-known actor in mind per character)

Pass 5: remove adjectives and adverbs; choose more powerful verbs; use five senses to describe

Pass 6: make it funnier

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