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How To Edit And Proofread A Drama Book

drama books for teenagersAccording to research, we read more when we’re teenagers than we do at any other time of our lives. Perhaps it’s because we have more time on our hands, or perhaps it’s because we’re looking for some empathy in a world that is becoming increasingly strange.

Whatever the reason might be, drama book for teenagers are hugely profitable. Moreover, because teenagers always want to read something new as opposed to something written back in 1977, writers will never be short of writing new material – even if it is a rehash of a book drama written back in 1977.

Whilst writing a drama book for kids can be thoroughly absorbing and entertaining, it can also be hugely draining and tiring. It can also take a long time.

The bad news is that the next step in the process of getting a drama book for teenagers on the shelves is the professional book editing process. Which can be even more paralysing than the writing stage.

For this reason, we have compiled a helpful list to help you edit a drama book for kids.

Rectify Any Grammar Mistakes

To help proofread a drama books for kids, you can use your computerised spell checker. For grammatical issues such as syntax, there are several online programs available for you to use.

Grammar is something that trips many of us – including the most seasoned professional writers – because, whilst we like to believe that we know everything about correct grammar and can spot a mistake a mile off, it isn’t always the case. When proofreading your drama book for kids, it’s advisable to pay close attention and to be meticulous and diligent.

Make Sure The Tone Is Right

Remember, drama books for teenagers is aimed at teenagers. Not a bunch of academics who enjoy a four-hour long Stanley Kubrick movie. For this reason, the tone has to be impeccable. For example, big words, such as ‘opprobrium,’ are a no-go. Teenagers – with the exception of one or two, naturally – don’t want to read teen-fiction that is littered with big words that makes reading the novel slower. Even we’re not sure what opproaivbu means.

When editing a drama book for teenagers, you need to be constantly aware of the tone. It is often the one thing that trips a writer up the most because, after all, most young adult writers are not teenagers themselves. The tone cannot be patronising, academic, nor brutal.

Consider The Tense

Although most adult book drama is written in the past tense, a lot of young adult fiction aimed at kids and teenagers is written in the present tense. The writer may have made the mistake of switching between the two, in which case it’s important to keep an eye out. Present tense, as a rule, sounds more urgent and thus more appealing to teens. Teens and kids like to get through their books quickly.

Check The Themes

A drama book for kids needs like a fairy tales book to have themes that the kids themselves can relate to. If you feel that the themes explored are going to alienate them a little, we suggest reworking. You need to embrace their problems. Put yourself into the mindset of a teenager and remember the issues you had at that age; first romances, experimenting with drink, issues at high school etc.

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