This gem of a book explains the basic tools of good fiction.
Excellent examples using familiar works.
Techniques as they apply across multiple genres.
Practical advice about how to make your work better before an editor even sees it.
I revisit it regularly and add new tools to my kit. In addition, I will newly assess a technique I hadn’t been using to best advantage. Technical terms like exposition, beats and proportion are all explained. I no longer feel like a bumpkin idiot when craft techniques are discussed.
For those who have heard me discuss CJ Cherryh’s Pride of Chanur and its complete lack of exposition, this is the guide that goes with that discussion.
By Renni Browne and Dave King, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers should be on every fiction writer’s shelf. It’s invaluable.