Writing Skills: Self-Edit Your Writing Like A Pro!
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Writing Skills: Self-Edit Your Writing Like A Pro!

Successfully self-edit your own writing by learning these dozens of proven (yet often over-looked) editing techniques.
4.2 (63 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,523 students enrolled
Created by Elizabeth Bezant
Last updated 2/2017
English [Auto]
Current price: $86.99 Original price: $124.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • In this course you'll learn a variety of essential (but often overlooked) editing techniques that will instantly improve and strengthen your writing, especially focusing in the areas of pacing, dialogue, description, characterisation, punctuation and targeting your reader.
  • An interest in editing writing
  • An interest in improving your writing skills

Over my decades as a Writer, Writing Coach and Editor, I’ve realised that many writers need more than just being shown new editing skills to improve. To really improve they also need ongoing support as they learn how to successfully incorporate those new skills into their writing.

As the title implies, this course includes plenty of clearly-explained tutorials on practical, important (and often over-looked) writing skills, but equally as crucial, it also comes with the vital ongoing support. There are quizzes, examples, homework (if you want it), the opportunity to have your questions answered, to join a growing community, and even, on occasion, to get feedback on your work. Or, if you prefer, you can just study the course then go off and do your own thing. The choice is yours.

As a Freelance Writer and Writing Coach, I’m here basically to help you achieve your writing goals, and in many cases this course is the first step. So please click on the ‘Take this Course’, and I’ll be happy to teach you what you need to learn and help you while you become comfortable using the techniques.

On the other hand, if you’re still a little unsure, don’t forget this course comes with a FULL, 30-day money-back guarantee, which means that if you change your mind within the first 30-days and let us know, you’ll get a complete refund.

Also, if you scroll a little further down the page, you’ll find some of my video tutorials are marked as ‘Previews’; this means you can watch them before enrolling to be sure my teaching style suits you.

Well, there you go. Hope this course sounds like what you need and I look forward to helping you soon.

Who this course is for:
  • Anybody interested in editing writing or becoming a writer.
  • Anybody interested in editing their writing to a publishable standard.
  • Anybody interested in writing fiction (short stories to novels), auto/biographies, or any kind of true-life stories.
  • Writers who have completed a writing project, but would like to edit it to ensure they haven't made any glaring mistakes before sending it out to publishers, editors or getting it printed.
  • Beginner and intermediary writers interested in improving their writing abilities.
  • Writers whose native language is not English, and are looking to learn some of the more intricate parts of the written language.
Course content
Expand all 21 lectures 01:52:52
+ Introduction
2 lectures 06:49

A guided tour for getting the most out of this course by using Udemys Tools

Using This Udemy Course
+ Pacing
2 lectures 12:43

Too much pace and piece of writing can be overwhelming, while not enough and it can be boring. Pacing is important, but often overlooked.

The Importance Of Pacing

All writing needs pacing, the trick is knowing which kind is needed and how to achieve it. This lecture covers a variety of writing techniques that can be successfully used in any style of writing.

Secrets Of Pacing
+ Dialogue
4 lectures 22:32

Dialogue, when written correctly, offers many benefits to a piece of writing, including depth, characterisation, strength, realism and easy of reading.

Why You Need Dialogue

Learn the secrets to effectively using speech tags so that they add depth and characterisation, without cluttering up your writing.

Speech Tags

Clear and simple rules to follow when writing dialogue on the page.

Preview 05:30

Writing exercises to increase your confidence and ability when it comes to writing dialogue.

Dialogue Exercises
+ Characterisation
1 lecture 09:18

Characters are as vital in stories as they are in real life, they also need to be as believable and authentic.

The Importance Of Strong Characters
+ Target Market
1 lecture 07:21

This question is often overlooked, but if you don't know who your reader is, how can you write a book that they will be unable to put down?

Preview 07:21
+ Description
2 lectures 14:31

Learn how to use your senses to describe a three-dimensional picture that will appeal to everybody.

Describing Smoothly

Everybody has two vocabularies and a wide array of possible word choices, which they use is a sign of how good a writer they are.

Two Vocabularies And Word Choices
+ Show, Don't Tell
1 lecture 07:11

Discover how to Show, Don't Tell and the quality of your writing will improve immediately.

Show Don't Tell Explained
+ Punctuation
3 lectures 15:29

Current trends for punctuation and how to know what Style Guide to use for different publications.

Commas, Full Stops And Consistency

Learn when 'its' should be 'it's', and all about contractions.

Correct Use Of Apostrophes

Learn when to trust your computer's auto-correct and when to ignore it.

Preview 03:24
+ Rules
2 lectures 06:28

Knowing when to use capital letters at the start of words and when not to can often be a challenge. This video offers some simple rules and exercises to follow.

Preview 03:05

When is it right to write a number or time in letters, and when is it right to use numbers? This video covers the options and the rules to follow.

Two Or 2?
+ Techniques
2 lectures 09:30

Starting your piece of writing in the right place is essential because if your reader doesn't complete the beginning they won't ever finish the story or article. So knowing where to start is vital.

Where Do You Start A Story?

Many people who write their memoir or autobiography are justified in their concern that they might upset other people who are involved in aspects of their life-story. This lecture covers a variety of techniques and writing styles to lessen the risk.

How To Avoid Upsetting And Incriminating Others