1.1 Overview

If you are going to successfully edit your own work, then there’s one essential step you must take before embarking on the editing process. You must stop thinking like a writer and start thinking like an editor. Writers and editors see novels in two very different...

1.2 Story

In this section, you will discover the importance of the concept of story, discover that it is difficult to clearly define and learn that it is an essential part of a novel’s structure. Once you have completed the section you will be able to clearly define the story...

1.3 Setting

In the following section, you will gain an understanding of setting. You’ll discover the four key elements of a novel’s setting and find out how to define the setting for your novel. When completed you will be able to define the setting of any book you are editing....

1.4 Theme

In this section, you will find out the importance of theme, how the theme can be simplex or complex and why this is important to your book. You’ll also discover a list of both simple and complex themes. On completion you’ll be able to identify the themes of any book...

1.5 Plot

In this section, you’ll discover the importance of plot, you’ll be introduced to the Plot Triangle and you’ll find out why plot is important when editing. Once complete, you’ll be able to define the plot of any novel and make assessment of which plot elements should...

1.6 Scene

In this section, you will discover the definition of scene and how it relates to your novel. You’ll learn about the role of description, dialogue, and internal monologue. You’ll find out how a scene can be further analyzed through the ideas of conflict and change....