The basics of self-editing

Simon K Jones demonstrates his self-editing process

In this video, serialised fiction writer Simon K Jones demonstrates how you can make real improvements to your first draft through simple self-editing techniques.

Before working with an editor you’ll need to edit your own work, which for newer writers can be a daunting and uncomfortable task. Cutting words, sentences or even entire chapters, characters and sub-plots is a challenge after spending so much time crafting them in the first place.

Watch the video below for Simon’s helpful insights into the self-editing process.

This is part of our Early Career Writers’ Resources pack on Editing. Our Resources packs are generously supported by Arts Council England. Discover more here →

Simon K Jones is a writer of serialised fiction and also works at the National Centre for Writing as the Digital Marketing Manager. You can find out more about his work at