Book Review: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

September 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

This was definitely a great book to pick up.  It really taught me a ton about common mistakes (like using too many adverbs) that fiction writers make that send up red flags in the heads of editors and agents reading your manuscripts.  I’d say it’s a must read for anyone polishing their first (or second or third) manuscript, though I would also emphasize what they say right off the bat: these aren’t absolutes.  Some of the published examples they select to edit, like the Great Gatsby, lose their voice and uniqueness in the editing process.

If you’re looking for other great books on writing, check out the reading recommendations for writers section of the website.

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