This session looks at how to edit a story and how to lay it out for submission.
It's good to read through this unit to understand the steps involved in editing, but then you can revisit them once you've written your own short story or novel.
The most important thing is to get your story down. If you don't have any words, you don't have anything to edit. The first story or essay that you write is called your first draft. After you have written your first draft, you go through and edit your work - your second draft. A story might go through several drafts before it's finished and ready to be shown to the world. You might even show it to a beta reader, someone you trust to read through your work and give you constructive feedback.
No matter how good you are at writing, your first draft will always have issues. The point is not to write the perfect story first time, the point is just to write your story. Once you have a story, the editing begins.
Use the link at the bottom of the page to walk through the editing steps.