The Nitty Gritty of Polishing Your Novel

For anyone that hasn’t seen yet, I’ve been doing a web series over on YouTube for the past few weeks called, “The Nitty Gritty of Writing a Novel”. This show is intended for new writers, to demonstrate, with examples, how I write a novel.

For this week’s episode, Dave Higgins was kind enough to guest host a video about polishing a story. As I’m currently co-writing Greenstar with Dave, I’ve seen how great he is at polishing a very rough first draft into a great finished story. So I begged and cajoled him into recording a video on how he does it.

I found the process fascinating and I hope you will too.

I’ve setup a page with all of the videos over here:, if you’d like to catch up with any you’ve missed. It’s my intention to show the entire process from beginning to end with my novel, “Hard Vacuum 2”, which I expect to be out this Autumn. So the videos may take a while before they’re up, as some parts of the process are slower than others.


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2 thoughts on “The Nitty Gritty of Polishing Your Novel

  1. Thanks again for the invite.

    Despite Simon’s kind words, I am always looking to get better. So if my suggestions don’t quite work for you or you use a different method let me know.

    • Absolutely. What I’m hoping is that between this, Fiction Unboxed and Garrett Robinson’s planned video series, that people realise that we’re far stronger and better by sharing information.

      If someone has a better way of editing, they should absolutely share it. While my outlining techniques and your polishing techniques might help someone, they can probably help us in return by writing or describing how they write too.

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