Self-edit a Novel by Mastering Story Editing

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Sharing a draft of your novel with anyone for the first time can be scary. The stress of waiting to hear back from your readers or editor, of worrying about what they might say, and wondering if your writing is ready to submit can take its toll.

So why would you share your work with anyone before you’ve revised your first draft, improved it, making sure it’s as good as you can make it before anyone else reads it?

You wouldn’t. That’s why you perform a story edit and rewrite. This is where you get to self edit a novel.

A story edit is the first step in the self-editing process. I’m not talking about copyediting or proofreading. You can do that after you’ve completed your story edit. Story editing is also known as structural editing of long form fiction.

Rewrite: to write (something) again especially in a different way in order to improve it or to include new information — Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Rewriting your first draft means analyzing your story from a high-level perspective and fixing any weak areas. You want to make sure that the story structure makes sense, the scenes are tense, there are no plot holes, and you haven’t left any subplots unfinished.

While you perform a story edit, meaning self-edit a novel, take a hard look at your characters.

  • How often do they appear?
  • What are their goals?
  • What gets in the way of their goals?

Characters will drive the tension in your story, and tension is what keeps a reader reading. Read Focus on Characters for an in-depth look at how to make the most of your characters.

Tension comes in when you’re evaluating the plot.

  • What is the purpose of each scene?
  • Is there an entry hook opening each scene?
  • Is there an exit hook at the end of each scene?

Read Focus on Plot for an in-depth look at how to evaluate plot.

Finally, the story edit should examine your settings.

  • Is the location you chose the best place for emotional impact?
  • How often do you use the same setting, and is it too often?
  • Do your settings help with the tone of your scenes?

Settings are key to keeping your reader engaged, so don’t ignore them. Read Improve Your Settings  for an in-depth look at evaluating your settings.

Where To Start Your Story Edit

Here are three questions to ask yourself when you self-edit a novel review each scene and look for ways to improve it.

1. What is the purpose of this scene?

Defining the purpose of the scene first allows you to address other elements of the scene and test if they are in line with the purpose. A scene may have more than one purpose, but see if you can choose the most important one and then ask yourself does this help drive the story forward.

2. Who has the point of view?

Multiple points of view means the character who controls the POV for a scene changes from scene to scene. As a writer, you must be in control of this aspect. The generally accepted method is to have one POV character per scene. Switching POV mid-scene, also known as head-hopping, can jar the reader from the story.

3. Is the setting the best place for emotional impact?

When answering the question, think about who has the point of view for the scene and what makes them feel strong or vulnerable.

Do you have a character who is afraid of the dark? Imagine the character is about to have a confrontation with an employee. If the character feels confident being in his/her own office and you want the character to be in a position of strength, then use the office as a setting.

If you want the character to feel vulnerable during the confrontation, try locating him/her outside, at night, in an isolated parking lot. And make it very dark. The streetlight is broken. There is no moon. Maybe it’s windy, so a cry for help won’t be heard.

Tackle each question and rewrite each scene accordingly.

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What is a Character Arc?

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compelling character arc is the emotional journey your character takes throughout your story that engages your reader. A character arc can also be referred to the emotional arc of a character.

Why is a Compelling Character Arc Important?

A reader wants to experience emotion. If a character doesn’t experience emotion, then the reader won’t either. This is a simple concept to understand but a hard concept to implement in a story.

If a character experiences emotion, then the emotional journey can be shown from the beginning of a story to the end.

What’s the Starting Point?

A character arc starts the moment your character enters the story.

Scene-by-Scene Character Arcs

If you pay attention to the impact every scene has on a character, you’ll develop a compelling character arc.

Let’s look at what that means.

There will be a point of view (POV) character for every scene. This means the character whose eye’s the reader will experience the scene from. There will also be a protagonist in your story. The story is mostly about this character. A good way to test who is your protagonist is to write a blurb (back cover text) and see which character you write about.

Make a list of your key characters.

  1. All POV characters
  2. the protagonist

Now, at the end of every scene, ask yourself:

  1. What is the impact on the POV character?
  2. What is the impact on the protagonist (if different from the POV character)?

When answering, all you need to know is it positive, neutral or negative compared to the beginning of the scene.

Let’s look at an example of how to evaluate character arcs for important characters.

Did you notice I said important characters instead of main characters?

This is because any character who is the point or view character is important. They may not be a main character, but if you have chosen them for a point of view character, they are important.

Here’s an example from the Fictionary Story Map insight.  Whatever method you use, it’s important to not only keep track of the character arc, but also keep track of the related story elements.  To dig deeper into the Story Elements, check out our video series.

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In the Story Map example, there are three point of view characters shown. Shannon, Jake, and The Boy.

  • Shannon is the protagonist.
  • Jake is the love interest.
  • The Boy is the antagonist.

Using the Story Map,  I see all three characters and the impact the scene had on each character. I like to select the scene name along with the Purpose, so I remember what the scene is about and why it’s in the story.

In the first three scenes, Shannon ends each scene in an emotional state that is negative to how she started the scene.

The first scene shows Shannon’s ordinary world, so I’ve marked the purpose of the scene as The Setup.

The second scene introduces a key character, so I’ve marked the purpose of that scene as Character Introduction.

And the third scene is the Inciting Incident.  The inciting incident is the moment the protagonist’s world changes in a dramatic way. In this scene, Shannon’s is hurt enough that she is going to change her life.

At the beginning of the story, Shannon starts out in a positive emotional state. Scene 1 knocks that down a notch, scene 2 even further, and scene 3 is even harder on Shannon. The start of Shannon’s arc takes a big drop.

When Jake is introduced in scene 3, he receives a phone call that upsets him. He goes from a positive mental state to a negative mental state. In scene 4, Jake starts the scene unhappy, but moves to a positive frame of mind when he meets Shannon.

The Boy has the opposite emotional start in the story than Jake does. His first scene ends with him in a happy place. The start of the next scene, he’s happy but by the end his beloved father is dead. Most definitely not happy.

Neutral is Bad

To create a compelling character arc, it’s important write scenes where the emotional state changes. If the point of view character is happy at the beginning of a scene and in the same state of happiness as the end of the scene, what was the purpose of the scene? It may mean the goal was not strong enough to make it meaningful.  There are definitely issues.


The Story Arc and Compelling Character Arcs

The protagonist’s emotional state must change dramatically in the key story arc scenes. The key scenes have a big impact on the story, so they must have a big impact on the protagonist.  The impact should be stronger than in the other scenes. And in the climax scene, it must be the strongest.

The inciting incident is the moment the protagonist’s world changes in a dramatic way.

If the protagonist’s emotional state does not change in a dramatic way when their world changes in a dramatic way, then there is a problem. Perhaps you’ve chosen the wrong protagonist, or perhaps the inciting incident isn’t related to the plot. Whatever the reason, the scene needs to be rewritten.

Plot Point 1 is the point of no return. The character can’t back out of the central conflict. This is the moment when the setup of the story ends and Act I is over.

Let’s face it. If anyone one of us changes our lives and can’t return to our previous life, we are going to feel differently when that happens. Your protagonist must too.

The midpoint is when the protagonist changes from reactive to proactive.

Here again, the protagonist is going to change their behaviour, and the only was that happens is if their emotional state changes.

Plot Point 2 will be a low point for your protagonist. Her actions since the middle have caused disaster. At PP2, she becomes more determined to reach her goal.

Note the word disaster in the description. That pretty much tells you to go from a positive to a negative emotional state in this key scene.

You’ve built your story up to the climax with rising action, and now the climax scene (or scenes) will have the highest level of conflict, the greatest tension, or the most devastating emotional upheaval.

Depending on the type of story you’re writing, the protagonist either wins or loses. They achieve the main story goal or they don’t. And that must impact their emotional state. Let me repeat that. The climax scene MUST impact the protagonist’s emotional state.


Story Structure

Too Many Negative Endings

For a compelling character arc, the scene can’t end with the protagonist in a negative emotional state compared to the beginning of the scene for too many scenes in a row. The reader will start to believe the protagonist will never reach their plot goal and what’s the point of reading the story. There has to be a hint that the protagonist can succeed.

Too Many Positive Endings

Too many scenes in a row where the protagonist’s emotional state is better at the end of the scene than at the beginning will bore the reader. If the character reaches every goal too easily, the story will lack tension.

Scene-by-Scene Character Arcs

There’s no way around it. To create a compelling character arc, you’ll evaluate every scene and keep track of whether the emotional state goes from positive to negative or negative to positive.Separator


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What is a Plotpoint or is it Plot Point?

First, let’s talk about spelling of plotpoint. One word or two. It’s doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you know what a plotpoint is and how to use it in your story.

My point. It won’t matter how perfect your spelling and grammar are if you don’t have a powerful story. Knowing what each plotpoint is will help you evaluate if you have a powerful story.

Why is the Story Arc Important?

Also known as a narrative arc, the story arc has been around for centuries. Want proof? Check out The Story Arc: A Look Back in History.

The story arc is a proven form for stories. The human brain is somehow attracted to the form and it’s the way we love to experience stories. It doesn’t matter if the story is an epic poem, a novel, or a movie. The form is the same.

And this form contains plotpoints.

Plotpoints of the Story Arc

Plotpoints are events in the story that have meaningful impact on the protagonist.

To start, in the inciting incident an event happens that shakes up the protagonists world.

In plotpoint one an event occurs that the protagonist can’t turn back from. This could be something that happens to the protagonist, it could be a decision the protagonist makes, or it could be something the protagonist causes.

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At the midpoint, the protagonist changes from reactive mode to proactive. This is where they take action to achieve their goal.

During plotpoint two, the protagonist is at the lowest point in the book. An event happens and the protagonist thinks they are lost, there is no way they can achieve this goal.

And then on the climax. This is the big event where the protagonist either wins or loses.

What do Plotpoints Have in Common?

  1. The protagonist is in all the plotpoint scenes. This is a must or the character arc will fail.
  2. Each plotpoint scene is written in active form. There is no narrative summary here. The reader wants to experience the scene along with the protagonist.
  3. The key event in the plotpoint scene relates to the plot and to the protagonists main goal for the story.

Master this form, and you’re on your way to being a master storyteller.

For some fun, this is my favorite video on why stories captivate.

StoryTeller is creative editing software for fiction writers. Transform your story, not just your words. Successful stories depend on your ability to self-edit a novel, improve, and revise your work. Only when you master story editing, can you master storytelling.

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Make Every Scene Sing!

Scene-by-Scene Editing Makes A Scene Come To Life

By Jordan Rosenfeld

Great stories, just like any large structure, are built of many smaller parts, known as scenes. So what is a scene?

I guarantee that even if you’re unclear on the elements of scene making, you’ll recognize when you’re reading one intuitively: Scenes invigorate and enliven dry narrative. They put characters into compelling action and powerful dialogue. They use sensory detail to bring the reader viscerally inside the characters’ lived experiences and reveal setting. Scenes wake stories out of slumber.


Scenes, in a nutshell, are the moments of a character’s experience written with such clarity of detail that the reader feels as though they are living it, not just reading it.


While I’m a big believer in letting yourself write mediocre scenes in order to get the first draft written, it’s helpful to know how to revise your scenes later to bring them to life.


Make Every Scene Sing

Here are some suggestions for scene-by-scene editing to make sure they really sing:

Focus on the action:

The hallmark of a scene is action, often called momentum—that beat-by-beat energy that creates a feeling of real time passing, plus dramatic action—the “what happens” of the scene that reveals new plot information and creates consequences for your character.

So always ask: Are my characters moving through space and time in acts and words, and, is there something significant that happens in this scene? (And does it create a consequence or sequel for the next scene?). Scenes without action aren’t scenes at all—they’re often long passages of narrative summary, loops of internal monologue or passive descriptions of setting without character interaction. On that note, have characters think less and do more.

New plot information:

Ask yourself, what does the reader/character learn in this scene that they didn’t already know? A new clue to the plot? A new piece of character information? A who, what, where, when or why? If you can’t pinpoint one, you know one thing your scene is missing.

Active character discovery:

Is your character actively involved in the new pieces of plot information? Do they discover, uncover, learn, reveal, seek, find, chase, call, etc? If the information is coming to them passively, the scene will feel too easy and the climax unearned.

How are you using dialogue?

Are you writing “conversation’s greatest hits” (thank you Jessica Page Morrell, from Between the Lines)? Avoid mundane pleasantries and discussions about food, weather and giving directions. Dialogue should be stylized and strategic, used to reveal character and develop plot. Try not to rely too heavily on it, either, so that you’re using it as an info-dump rather than letting characters discover plot elements in action.

Are you saturating setting?

If you find yourself writing the kind of setting descriptions that could run in an Architectural Digest article, you’re probably boring the reader with too much summary. Make sure you reveal setting as the character interacts with it. Just enough to ground the reader in the scene, but not to the point of overkill.

Scene structure:

Scenes, like the novels they comprise, have a design. A launch, a middle, and an ending. They should launch with new action or continuation of a prior scene’s cliffhanger; they should build, through obstacle and challenge, to a high point—epiphany, danger, discovery—and then end in a way that creates a consequence for the character to tend to in the next scene.

Tighten tension:

Lastly, ask yourself if your scenes deliver a sense of urgency and intrigue, conflict and danger, suspense or withholding—that’s the stuff of tension, which creates page-turnability. Without tension, things happen too easily, people are too nice, too beautiful, too successful without any challenge. When tension is in place, characters must struggle with everything from their own internal flaws to their antagonists to dangers and conflicts thrust at them from many angles.

While there are many more aspects to editing your own scenes, follow these seven guidelines for stronger scenes that build a powerful story.

Jordan Rosenfeld

Feb Fictionary's Choice Editing Book of the MonthJordan is author of the suspense novels Women in Red, Forged in Grace and Night Oracle as well as the writing guides How to Write a Page Turner; Writing the Intimate Character; Writing Deep Scenes; A Writer’s Guide to Persistence; the bestselling Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, and Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life.

She is also a freelance writer and editor. Her articles and essays have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic, The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly,, Scientific American, the Washington Post, The Writer, Writer’s Digest and many more.


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Manuscript Editing: Two Editors Compared

Manuscript Editing: Two Editors Compared

Thirteen editors perform a Story Edit on the same manuscript.

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We’re going to share the results, so editors and writers can learn from the experience.

Fictionary’s series on manuscript editing is just beginning. The goal of this series is for writers to know what they’re buying and for editors to know what to offer as part of their editing service.

First, we’ll review a scene where two editors performed a copyedit as part of a Story Edit.

Story Editing

As a quick refresher, a Story Edit, also called a structural, developmental, or substantive edit, is the primary structural review of your manuscript and the story you’re telling.

Story Editing is your big-picture approach to preparing for publishing. It’s your first structural revision. This is when you rework your characters, plot, and settings to ensure the story line and narrative flow smoothly while every scene contributes to the story’s purpose.

Story Editing means looking at the characters and asking why each one is in the story. It means looking for patterns, finding emotion, evaluating the structure of scenes, structuring chapters and word count. It means testing the setting against the plot, and so on.


After you’ve finished a Story Edit, copyediting is the most essential and fundamental preparation you need before publishing.

A basic copyedit includes checking your grammar, spelling, and punctuation for accuracy; ensuring consistency in your writing, word choices, style and compositional spacing; and eliminating jargon and repetitious words. It’s your last edit before formatting and proceeding to proofreading and publishing.

Two Story Edits Performed by Two Editors on the Same Manuscript

Both editors worked on a story where a writer requested a Story Edit and not a copyedit.

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(1) Comma removal

Editor 1 recommended removing the comma after the word “grief” in the following sentence.

Death was there along with sadness and grief, but the real problem was the gathering of people.

The sentence is made up of two independent clauses joined by a co-ordinating conjunction. Therefore, the comma is required. The advice to remove the comma is incorrect.

The sentence could be written as two sentences and still be grammatically correct.

Death was there along with sadness and grief. The real problem was the gathering of people. 

(2) Deleted sentence

Editor 1 has used the track changes functionality to delete the sentence “Too many people.”. The first problem is there is no explanation why this is being recommended. The second problem is this is a sentence level style recommendation. This type of recommendation should be given during a copyedit and not a Story Edit.

(3) & (4) “Unfamiliar” versus “not familiar”

Both editors recommended changing “not familiar” to “unfamiliar”. It’s the same advice, but Editor 2 explains why they recommended the change. The more informative advice will teach the writer how to improve their style and show them what to look for when they eventually perform a copyedit.

Know What You Need

Imagine you’re a writer who has paid for a Story Edit. Are you going to be happy with copyedit changes that are incorrect or come with little explanation? Probably not.

Sometimes a copyedit can give the impression a lot of work was done. That may be true, but it’s the wrong work at this phase of the editing journey. Both the writer and the editor may feel productive, but spending time on style changes before the story is strong can waste time.

I’ve only shown you a small portion of the Story Edit to illustrate different styles editors have.

My assessment based on the edit of the full manuscript is that Editor 1 is a copyeditor who is working outside their area of expertize or comfort zone by taking on a Story Editing job. Editor 2 performed minimal copyediting during the Story Edit, and when they copyedited, they gave the writer an explanation of why they recommended changes.

As a writer, you need to be clear on what you want from an editor. If your knowledge of grammar is strong, having changes recommended without an explanation may be perfect for you, so you can accept or reject changes quickly. If grammar is not your thing, and you’re learning as you write, then you’ll want an editor who gives explanations.

Knowing what you need as a writer will help you choose an editor who is a good fit.

Knowing what a writer needs from you as an editor will help you deliver exceptional edits.

Post Written by Kristina Stanley.

Combining her degree in computer mathematics with her success as a bestselling, award-winning author and fiction editor, Kristina Stanley is the creator and CEO of — creative editing software for fiction writers and editors. She is a Fictionary Certified Story Coach and a Story Editing Advisor to the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

Her novels include The Stone Mountain mystery series and Look the Other Way. She’s the author of The Author’s Guide to Selling Book to Non-Bookstores. She’s a passionate guide-dog trainer and hiker.

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Everything You Need to Know About Fiction Editing

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Getting your first book edited can be an overwhelming experience. There’s different types of editors, huge swings in price ranges and that’s all before you receive the feedback itself. ALLi partner member and CEO of Kristina Stanley, is here to explain everything you need to know about fiction editing.

Why is Fiction Editing so Complicated?

Let’s start with the terms. Substantive, developmental, structural, line, copyedit, proofread. Lost yet? When I started as an author, I researched these terms to figure out what they meant. Now that I’m a fiction editor, I want to uncomplicate this for you.

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Plot Versus Story

When Lisa at asked me to write about plot versus story, I thought no problem. I’m a story expert. However, once I started researching the topic, I realized there is a lot of conflicting information out there.

I also realized a discussion about plot and story would be incomplete if we didn’t mention structure. Understanding the difference between plot, structure, and story is important because knowing the difference and how they affect your writing process can help you tell a powerful story.

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Plot Holes Causing You Problems?

A plot hole will make your readers unhappy. So how do you avoid falling into a hole? How do you even know there is a hole?
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Stop settling for so-so stories. Get the step-by-step guidance you need to craft truly spectacular novels with Well-Storied’s writing workbooks. All Well-Storied workbooks come in PDF format and can be printed or filled digitally (with the exception of The Novel Planner, which is specifically designed for print).


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Featured in the INC 5000 list as one of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in America, Self Publishing School is an online education company that teaches people how to write, market, & publish their first book in as little as 90 days. Join over 4,527 students who have followed their methodology to go from idea to publication *without *having to deal with traditional publishers.


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To be an effective writer, you must master the emotional challenge of our stories. It won’t do to hope we will move our readers in some way. It won’t do to hope we get across our characters’ emotions. By examining more than 40 passages from best-selling novels, with over six hours of instruction, you will learn techniques to masterfully reveal character emotion and spark emotional response in readers. Enrollment in this online course includes lifetime access and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Join the thousand+ students who master the craft of fiction writing in Writing for Life Workshops online courses!


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from Your Writing Coach

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The act and activity of journaling is what helps writers unfold and unpack the aspects of their lives that were or were not working. It is the writing itself that is transformational.


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The Building Your Author Platform bundle is for the author who is struggling to effectively market their book and grow their audience and fan base. There is nothing worse than working hard to create a well-written, edited, fantastic book only to have it completely flop when you launch it. This self-paced bundle of courses will help authors:

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from Dave Farland

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David Farland has trained more than a dozen #1 New York Times Bestsellers. Now it’s your turn: Get David Farland’s popular courses: The Story Puzzle, Writing Mastery 1, Writing Mastery 2, Promising Starts, and Magnificent Middles, along with seminars like Publishing in 2020, and books like Million Dollar Outlines and Writing Wonder . The bundle gives you 1 year of access for only $109.

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Good grammar doesn’t make good writing, but good writing demands good grammar. Elevate your writing and editing skills. More than 43K students have learned from course creator/instructor Ellen Feld. In this online classroom, when you ask grammar questions, you get grammar answers!





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Book Brush is a platform that provides an easy way for authors to create professional looking ads and images for social media featuring their book covers.

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from BookBaby

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IngramSpark® is an award-winning independent publishing platform that offers the same fully integrated print and digital products and global distribution services enjoyed by big-time publishers. Once you finish and format your book, IngramSpark makes it possible to share it with the world. It’s your content. We help you do more with it.

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for Freelance Writers

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Freelance writing business coach Carol Tice shows you exactly how how to quickly find lists of good prospects, locate a contact email, and write a winning pitch — and get hired! . Includes pitch templates!


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from The Write Life

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Use discount code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to get these 9 strategies for increasing your income.

This guide will help you ditch your entry-level writing jobs and land higher-paying clients. The 49-page ebook also includes a sample pitch email.

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from Freelance University

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Click here to get 50% off “30 Days to Freelance Freedom” – a 10-step success system to launching and growing a profitable freelance business from anywhere.

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from Transcribe Anywhere


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Transcribe Anywhere trains aspiring transcriptionists to work from home with their high-quality, affordable transcription training.

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How to Find the Story in You – and Sell It

from Amy Paturel

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This 6-week, self-guided course will take you through every step, from essay idea to salable piece. You’ll learn how to grab readers (and editors), journal your way to essay ideas, identify the critical elements of a salable essay, critique your own essays and incorporate feedback from others, pitch and submit essays. A parting gift: A spreadsheet loaded with more than 130 relevant markets, including editor contacts.

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Why not check out Fictionary’s StoryTeller free 14-day trial and tell powerful stories? Get your Black Friday deal by starting your free trial and then entering coupon code BLACKFRIDAY19.  No credit card required unless you love StoryTeller as much as we do and decide ro subscribe.

Like to learn more about StoryTeller, check out our blog  StoryTeller: Creative Editing Software for Fiction Writers.