How to make your own editing rules sheet

Jean's Writing

Professionally known as aStyle Sheet.

I’m not referring to a list of what matches what hanging in your closet.

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No, this is a document where you define the writing style and rules that apply to your WIP.

  • Is the style of your WIP American or British English? 
  • Do you use contractions? (This is one of my problems. Sometimes I feel like a contraction sometime I don’t.)
  • Are you going to spell out the numbers or not?

See where I’m going? Finding these errors first is very important to presenting quality work to an editor that you’ve done some of your own redline editing.

apple-473629_640I call mine a cheat sheet. Some writers use an electronic file folder, others like Scrivener’s templates to help with character info to keep the story uniform. 

But, now that I understand the importance of an actual Style Sheet is, I’m going to streamline the process…

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