Editing Your Novel

Editing Your Novel

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You’ve reached your word count. Now what? Exercises and techniques so you can organise your book and your mind most effectively. With Emma Healey.


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Emma Healey


Thu, 27 June 2024
07:00 pm  - 08:00 pm



How Much

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You’ve reached your word count. Now what?

At what stage do we start editing? How do we begin? What even is editing? What are we supposed to be looking for? And most importantly, how can we learn to love this vital stage of the process?

Emma will take you through how she edits her novels, show you the materials she uses, and suggest exercises and techniques so you can organise your book and your mind most effectively.

You’ll learn to use lists, visual guides, emotion sequences, plot arcs and character preoccupations to fine tune your book. You’ll hopefully also understand when to question yourself, and when to trust your instincts.

Who You Are

  • A writer with a manuscript that doesn't know what to do with it now
  • Any writer who wants to get deeper into the editing process and take the next steps in the writing process

What You'll Get

An hour long interactive workshop exploring editing exercises and techniques with award-winning, bestselling author Emma Healey.

What You'll Learn

  • Strategies for deconstructing your story and putting it back together again
  • Ways to organise your mind so you can organise your story!
  • How to move from a first draft to a finished draft


About Write A Novel Month

Writing a novel is hard. So let’s do it together!

Throughout June, the Writers’ HQ Write A Novel Month will give you the opportunity to explore everything you need to know about novel writing, from drafting, characterisation, editing and everything in between.

We’ll go deep and broad into craft and practice and we’re also going to challenge you to write a wild draft – that’s 1,000 words a day for the entire month of June and see what comes out the other side.

Find out more about Write A Novel Month here >>


About your host / hosts

Emma Healey

Emma Healey grew up in London and completed her first degree in bookbinding. She then worked in libraries, bookshops, art galleries, and universities, before studying for the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. She is the author of Whistle in the Dark (2018), and Elizabeth is Missing (2014), which sold over a million copies worldwide, won the Costa First Novel Award, and was made into a BBC film starring Glenda Jackson. Her third novel, Sweat, will be published in January 2025. She lives in Norwich with her husband, daughter and cat.

Photo credit: Charlotte Gray Photography.

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