As you know, I’ve always said that correcting your novel is not an easy job – it’s exhausting, boring, and it feels like wasting time, although it’s not. I shared different tips on how to edit your work. However, I felt like I needed to deepen into the subject; that’s why today I am going to speak only about the manner in which you can correct (from a grammatical point of view) your novel.
Use a specialised programme
Nowadays, technology eases our tasks and brings lots of benefits in our lives. Many programmes that aim to help the writers and bloggers around the world had been developed. Happily, there are also free versions of these. Although regarded with scepticism, they are very good. I’ve personally use Grammarly – the free version – which is easy to use and competent all the same. It might not find all the grammatical errors, but you’ll be surprised by it nevertheless. You can also choose whether you want to have the text corrected in the U.K. or U.S.A English. In addition to this, the program offers explanations for each correction. And you can also download the Microsoft Plug-in.
If you go for the paid version, there are even more features. Luckily, if you invite friends and they make an account, you both receive a free week of Premium Grammarly. Yey!
If you want to join, click HERE.
Get a beta reader
Beta readers don’t only tell you how can you improve your book overall. If you ask them, these persons can especially look after grammatical errors. This method is very nice because it helps you make friends and get to know people in this field. If you search thoroughly, you’ll find people willing to give a helping hand without expecting material benefits. These types of person can be usually found on different Facebook special dedicated pages or websites.
Besides, a beta reader can also give you his opinion regarding the book. If he or she can be integrated into the segment of the market you’re addressing to, his thoughts are very important when it comes to improving the quality of your work.
Contract an editor
If you want to take the self-publishing road and you have an amount of money at your disposition, you should consider contracting an editor. He’s a professional and capable person with a vast experience in the domain. You can “steal” a few tricks and improve your writing in the future. Besides, the editor can be your connection to get to know other persons in the field.
I cannot stress it enough. If you want to properly correct your book, you should be patient and not rush the process or the people you’re working with. Also, be open-minded and decide with your head whether you should or not make a change, not with your heart – sometimes, pressing delete is very hard.