Pocket Guide to Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

You've finally finished your first draft. Yay! Congrats!! But... now what?

Join 1,000+ email subscribers and get instant access to my FREE Pocket Guide to Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, a 5-in-1 pack of quick-and-easy checklists to jumpstart your revision process.

If you're stalled, overwhelmed, or don't know where to start, this guide will give you a step-by-step overview of the self-editing process, beginning with the pre-editing planning stages, and moving through the story, scene, and sentence-level edit of your novel or short story.

Use my 5 easy-breezy checklists to help you map out a revision plan and move forward with your story:

  • Pre-Editing Checklist Prepare yourself for the journey ahead
  • Story Editing Checklist Get a bird's eye view on your plot and characters
  • Scene Editing Checklist Analyze and revise your scenes
  • Sentence Editing Checklist Polish your prose until it shines
  • Post-Editing Checklist Plan your next steps
Pre Editing Checklist

Preparation is everything! Use this checklist to get yourself in the right headspace before you begin self-editing.

Story Editing Checklist

Get a bird's eye view on your plot, characters, and theme with my story editing checklist.

Scene Checklist

Give your action, dialogue, summary, interior monologue, description, flashbacks, and foreshadowing a double-take in the scene-level edit.

Sentence Editing Checklist

Also called "stylistic editing," this checklist will give you an overview of what to look for as you polish your prose.

Post Editing Checklist

You're done editing (or, at least, you think you are)... So now what? This at-a-glance checklist will give you help you decide where to go next.

Bucket Siler, The Literary Architect

Meet Bucket Siler, Bringer of all the goods

Oh, hi there. I'm Bucket Siler, aka the Literary Architect. I was on my way to sand down a fishing boat the morning this picture was taken, so my hair is super messed up and I'm wearing sweatpants, but, hey, at least I'm smiling. The camera-shy have to take what they can get.

In case we haven't met, I'm a published writer, developmental editor, and blogger extraordinaire at The Literary Architect (um... that's this website!) where I try my darn-dest to help fiction writers create fan-fucking-tastic stories.

I created The Pocket Guide to Self-Editing for Fiction Writers because as a writer and editor, I know how overwhelming, confusing, and downright depressing the revision process can be. Bringing in a pro is always an option, but unfortunately not everyone can afford to hire a professional editor. However! That doesn't mean you can't learn to shape and edit your work and become your own best editor and ally in the writing process. You just need the right guidance and support to do it. And that's exactly what I hope my lil' pocket guide will provide 🙂

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