Tips for Editing Your Manuscript from a Real-Life Editor, Part 9.5

Part 1: Look it up!Part 2:  Read it out loud.Part 3:  Have someone who knows what they're doing read it.Part 4:  Consistency, consistency, consistency!Part 5:  Dialogue tag...you're NOT it!Part 6: Pick the right word to say what you mean.Part 7: Adverbs--Kill it with fire!Part 8: Editors Aren't PerfectI had quite a few that I thought would be helpful, so here's the second half of Part 9: FSEs (Frequently Seen Errors)Men who sound like womenAs a woman who frequently writes male perspectives, it's a (fun) challenge to get in their heads and write from their point of view. But we've collectively read so many stories where the male characters are basically women with penises. So, if you're writing a man, try very hard to see things from their perspectives. How do they think? A man who is describing a woman's clothing would notice different things than a woman would--is the dress tight, pink, and short? He's not going to notice that...
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Tips for Editing Your Manuscript from a Real-Life Editor, Part 9

Part 1: Look it up!Part 2:  Read it out loud.Part 3:  Have someone who knows what they're doing read it.Part 4:  Consistency, consistency, consistency!Part 5:  Dialogue tag...you're NOT it!Part 6: Pick the right word to say what you mean.Part 7: Adverbs--Kill it with fire!Part 8: Editors Aren't PerfectHere's Part 9: FSEs (Frequently Seen Errors)I was chatting with some friends in the freelance editing world recently, and the subject of common mistakes we see over and over in our various projects came up. Basically, these were frequently seen errors (I'll call them FSEs because I like to throw an acronym in now and then) that we saw in manuscripts--grammar, spelling, punctuation, plot, pacing, phrasing, you name it. We've all been doing this a while, so we notice trends.And I thought that since this is a series on how to self-edit, it could maybe do some good in helping folks see if they're doing any of these things that drive editors crazy.  Because a...
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Tips for Editing Your Manuscript from a Real-Life Editor, Part 8

Part 1: Look it up!Part 2:  Read it out loud.Part 3:  Have someone who knows what they're doing read it.Part 4:  Consistency, consistency, consistency!Part 5:  Dialogue tag...you're NOT it!Part 6: Pick the right word to say what you mean.Part 7: Adverbs--Kill it with fire!Welcome to Part 8: Editors Aren't Perfect.I'm often asked whether anything trips me up as an editor. And the answer is, unequivocally, YES. There are just some things that, even after repeated hammerings-in, just don't make it into my thick scull.I'm not afraid to admit that I don't know everything related to writing, but that's why I own copies of several different editing and/or style guides.But what stumps me? What's bookmarked and dog-eared in my editing reference books?I'll tell you.Keep in mind that these are just a few things, and, for the sake of brevity, I'm not going to go into detail on the correct meanings or usage of them--feel free to look those up, though I might...
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