You have written your novel. Congratulations!!! You have done something few people have done. You can take a victory lap around your computer. Now comes the hard part - Editing. There are three levels of editing: Macro-editing, content editing, and proofreading. In this course, we will explore the first of these - Macro-Editing.
Before you start checking for misspelled words, comma splices, and split infinitives, before you consider the pros and cons of the Oxford comma, before you distinguish "its" from "it's," you need to be fixing problems with the plot, characterization, and setting. You need to fill plot holes, eliminate data dumps and unnecessary backstory.
Sometimes called developmental editing, you can pay "plot doctors," "developmental editors," and "finishers" large sums of money to "fix" your story.
You can do-it-yourself. By learning to recognize the basic structural problems that can pop up when writing your story, and by enlisting the help of some friends (even non-writing friends), you can save $100s or even $1000s using what you learn in this course.
More importantly, you retain your voice and your vision for the story. As a teacher, I have given many hundred critiques, and I know just how hard it is to help people correct problems in a story without me rewriting the story.
All too often, developmental editors, usually writers themselves, will try to take over the story and nudge it in a direction that you never intended.
In this course you will learn how to tackle the most common structural problems when doing your first macro-edit.
You will learn:
Basic Principles of Self-Editing
Creating an Editing Strategy
Fixing Plot Holes
Breathing Life into Shallow Characters
Creating a Believable Fictional World
Dealing with Point of View
... and more
Terri Main has written and published most types of literature including novels, poetry, short stories, nonfiction books, magazine articles, stage plays, video scripts, and radio drama. She has published more than 60 books. She has also taught writing and communication studies for more than 30 years. She can do, but she also can teach.
Autopilot Version Available
An Autopilot Course is an economical way to learn the basics of a subject on your own working at your own pace. All the text-based course materials are the same as in the original course. You can access them on your own schedule. Autopilot courses are offered on a "Set-Your-Own-Price" model. Entrance is free, but you will have the option to pay whatever you feel the course is worth to you. We work on the honor system. And, if you don't feel you can afford to give anything right now,, God Bless You, as well. Maybe later, when things improve. You can upgrade to the full course at any time by emailing the instructor and anything you paid will be applied to the registration fee of the premium course.