Writing and Editing: Polishing a Manuscript

Ali Novak, Writer, Wattpad

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4 Videos (24m)
    • Introduction

    • Revising Your Draft (Part I)

    • Revising Your Draft (Part II)

    • Editing Your Manuscript

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About This Class

Join one of Wattpad's most successful writers Ali Novak for a fun, straightforward class on editing and revising your writing.

While writing a draft is a feat in itself, revising and editing your work is when your story takes shape and the real writing begins! In this 25-minute class, Ali walks through the process of polishing a manuscript for publication. She works on strengthening each part of her story, examining plot holes, pacing, and character structure — all to help you learn a set of techniques to level up your writing and make your work clean, concise, and clear.

Whether you're a writer looking to get your work published, or you just enjoy writing and want to improve your critical eye, this class will help turn your ideas and drafts into well-developed, polished stories.


This class is presented in collaboration with Wattpad, the world's largest community for readers and writers. Looking for more writing classes? Check out more classes with Wattpad Stars, including Writing for Online Engagement with Rebecca Sky, Writing for Consistency with Ninya Tippett, and The Creative Writer's Toolkit with Lindsey Summers.

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This was a thorough lesson on editing. I feel, though, that I'm too close to the story and other than revising certain plot points, I'll need a professional editor to review my work. Editing my own work just won't be possible for me. But this is a really great tutorial!
Great advice, I really have something to think about after this class.
The advice she give is really helpful. Just want to know if I have to sign up for wattpad to read how her story differed from 1st draft to novel





Ali Novak

Writer, Wattpad

Ali Novak is a writer of My Life with the Walter Boys and various other hits on Wattpad. Her most recent novel, Heartbreakers, is now published.

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