In a post on the Book Baby blog, author and editor Dawn Field says writers can gain a lot of insight into their work and their strengths by analyzing what she calls “red pen praise.” Red pen praise are the positive notes and comments editors and beta readers make on your manuscript. Were any of the comments surprising? Did they match what you thought were the best aspects of the manuscript?
According to Field, these red marks create a map to your story’s highlights, which is well worth analyzing. “Looking at your text in this way, like a word-and-meaning detective, makes you more aware of the linkages coloring the fabric of your work,” she wries. “Awareness of how powerful these invisible but real linkages are will encourage you to make more.”
Read the full post at Book Baby
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