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yeah write #306 weekly writing challenge is open for personal essays & mostly true stories

yeah write #306 weekly writing challenge is open for personal essays & mostly true stories

Running Lines: Editing on the Micro-Level

Let’s talk about sentences and the words that make up your sentences.

Because y’all have now mastered the high-level editing we talked about in the first two installments of our February nonfiction know-how, right? You understand developmental editing – choosing your literary conflict and pruning it down to fit your post size? You’re good with structural editing – deciding the order in which your story is going to unfold?

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yeah write #305 weekly writing challenge is open for personal essays & mostly true stories

yeah write #305 weekly writing challenge is open for personal essays & mostly true stories

Structural Editing: How your story unfolds

Our February nonfiction know-how is all about editing – from the highest level of story concept all the way down to the most specific level of individual word choice. Last week I wrote about developmental editing, the process of narrowing your story idea to one literary conflict appropriate for a 1000-word essay. This week we move to structural editing and look at how you are telling that story you’ve so carefully pruned down. Structural editing is all about focusing on the order in which events unfold.

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