Book Review: Nine Day Novel: Self Editing For Fiction Writers

Steve Windsor’s Nine Day Novel: Self Editing For Fiction Writers (2015) is a book about the art of editing. The book is concise and to the point. Windsor does a great job at keeping the tone of the book light, this surprised me. I’ve read some books on the craft of writing and they can get dry and boring really quick. I enjoyed the examples he used to transmit the principles writers need to master.

Breath Of Fresh Air

When I finished writing the first manuscript of my novel, I knew I had to go back to the 120,000 behemoth and to edit it. After managing to finish the manuscript, my brain was fried. I felt too tired to turn around and attempt to fix it. I think it had to do with the fax that I didn’t really know how to edit. All the advice I got online was vague. This book brought something nebulous and stripped away all the haziness to present to the reader a checklist through which the writer needed to process their manuscripts. It was just what I needed. Hope to push me forward and make my writing shine.

Final Thoughts

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a system to improve their writing. Windsor explains in his book how to edit faster. I gotta tell you the truth, I didn’t do what he teaches in the book fast. I took my time and did it as best as I could. I recommend everyone who reads this book to do the same. Do it slow and right; speed will come later.

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