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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tips to Clean Up Your Manuscript Through Editing

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Remember the Beatles tune “All You Need is Love?” If that sends you into the world of a sixties’ flower child, you can view it here.

So what does this Beatle song and soap have to do with writing?

All You Need is 🎵 Soap?
Actually it’s more about rewriting, editing, proofreading, and brainstorming to clean up a story so that your readers Love, Love, Love it.

Back to cleaning up your story. 

SOAP Says It All!

S - Software. Text to voice software is my favorite editing tool. I can hear the errors and see them while I follow along. This is like a virtual critique partner that helps me clean up my manuscript. I use GhostReader for Mac - and there’s a version in Adobe for Mac and Word users -

O - Online sites provide links to editing tools. Here are a few suggestions:,, and many other fine organizations and websites offer editing helps.

A - Audience. Consider your target readers. Is your story true to genre and brand? Have you written your best story to entertain those who love your writing?

P - Passion for story motivates a writer into action. Fall in love with your story. Take your characters to dinner and interview them. Have they been completely honest with you? Maybe their plot needs tweaking. Proofreading makes a great story squeaky-clean!

You might be humming the Beatles tune by now, or you might be taking SOAP to your story. Clean up now and then clean up at the bookstores! 

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at



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