Book Review

Editing Your Novel’s Structure – Bethany A Tucker

My second review today is for Editing Your Novel’s Structure by Bethany A Tucker. Many thanks to Bethany for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part in today’s blog blitz.


Before it’s time to check for commas and iron out passive voice, fiction writers need to know that their story is strong. Are your beta readers not finishing? Do they have multiple, conflicting complaints? When you ask them questions about how they experience your story, do they give lukewarm responses? Or have you not even asked anyone to read your story, wondering if it’s ready?

If any of the above is true, you may need to refine the structure of your story. What is structure you ask?  Structure is what holds a story together. Does the character arc entrance the reader? Is the world building comprehensive and believable? These questions and more have to be answered by all of us as we turn our drafts into books. 

In this concise handbook, complete with checklists for each section, let a veteran writer walk you through the process of self-assessing your novel, from characters to pacing with lots of compassion and a dash of humor. In easy to follow directions and using adaptable strategies, she shows you how to check yourself for plot holes, settle timeline confusion, and snap character arcs into place. 

Use this handbook for quick help and quick self-editing checklists on:

– Characters and Character Arcs.
– Plot.
– Backstory.
– Point of View.
– A detailed explanation of nearly free self-editing tools and how to apply them to your book to find your own structural problems.
– Beginnings and Ends.
– Editing for sensitive and specialized subject matter.
– Helpful tips on choosing beta readers, when to seek an editor, and a sample questionnaire to give to your first readers.

Grab your copy of Edit Your Novel’s Structure today! Now is the time to finish that draft and get your story out into the world.


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Edit Your Novel's Structure Ebook cover


Editing Your Novel’s Structure is a handy little guide to first level developmental editing for the less experienced writer, which makes it perfect for me. Although I am a long way from even having a completed first draft, never mind thinking about editing it, this book contained a great deal of information that will be very useful to me on my writing journey, and I know that I will return to it when the time comes for me to start my editing.

Tucker’s house analogy, which she uses throughout the book, sets the writing process out simply and clearly, making it really easy to visualise the order in which you need to think about things. The editing process is broken down into bitesize sections, complete with handy checklists and resources list at the end of each section.

I don’t know about you but as a novice writer, I find a lot of writing guides can be too wordy and dry, making them difficult to properly engage with. Bethany Tucker writes in a friendly, familiar style, making the editing process feel a lot less scary than it did before, but without dumbing it down too much, or coming across as patronising. This really is a fab beginner’s guide, but also a book that some more experienced writers could probably do with reading as well.


Editing - Bethany A Tucker author photoBethany Tucker is an author and editor located near Seattle, U.S.A. Story has always been a part of her life. With over twenty years of writing and teaching experience, she’s more than ready to take your hand and pull back the curtain on writing craft and mindset. Last year she edited over a million words for aspiring authors. Her YA fantasy series Adelaide is published wide under the pen name Mustang Rabbit and her dark epic fantasy is releasing in 2021 under Ciara Darren. You can find more about her services for authors at 



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