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Your Next Draft

Alice Sudlow

Your Next Draft is the fiction writer's guide to developmental editing. What do you do after your first draft? How do you flesh out flat characters, fill in plot holes, and hook your readers from the first page to the last? What does editing a novel even mean? Developmental editor and book coach Alice Sudlow answers all these questions and more. Each week, she shares the editing strategies she's using with her one-on-one clients so you can put them to use in your own novel. Tune in for tips, tools, and step-by-step guides for the novel editing process.

Why Writers Resist Measuring Their Craft (And Why You Shouldn’t)February 27, 2024
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The Pros and Cons of Group Coaching for WritersFebruary 13, 2024
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5 Steps to Edit the Second Draft of a NovelJanuary 30, 2024
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Why a Page One Rewrite Is Actually Worth CelebratingJanuary 16, 2024
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What It REALLY Means to Make Progress Editing Your NovelJanuary 02, 2024
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The Most Joyful Editing Feedback I Ever GiveDecember 26, 2023
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The Top 5 Lessons From Year 1 of Building My Editing BusinessDecember 19, 2023
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The Top 5 Editing Tips From Your Next Draft in 2023December 12, 2023
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My Biggest Takeaway From Coaching Writers in 2023December 05, 2023
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How to Make Sure Even Your "Slow" Scenes Keep Your Readers HookedNovember 28, 2023
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How to Figure Out What Your Character REALLY WantsNovember 21, 2023
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Behind the Scenes of a Deep Dive Manuscript EvaluationNovember 14, 2023
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How to Flesh Out Flat Characters With Just 4 QuestionsNovember 07, 2023
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The Most Important Principle When Choosing Your Point of ViewOctober 31, 2023
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What NOT to Say to Your Developmental EditorOctober 24, 2023
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Use This One Editing Tip for Everything You WriteOctober 17, 2023
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[BONUS EP] How to Choose the Right Writing Resources for YOU Right Now, Part 2October 11, 2023
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How to Choose the Right Writing Resources for YOU Right Now, Part 1October 10, 2023
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Scene Structure: How the 6 Elements of Story Work in the First Scene of How to Train Your DragonOctober 03, 2023
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Act Structure: How the 6 Elements of Story Work in Act 1 of How to Train Your DragonSeptember 26, 2023
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Story Structure: How the 6 Elements of Story Work in How to Train Your DragonSeptember 19, 2023
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3 Ways to Apply the 6 Elements of Story Structure to Your NovelSeptember 12, 2023
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Why the 6 Elements of Story Are the Key to All Great StoriesSeptember 05, 2023
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The 6 Essential Elements of Every Novel, Act, and SceneAugust 29, 2023
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Where Does Story Theory Come From, Anyway?August 22, 2023
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