Editing Tip #131 – Fact Checking

Limits of the Human Body

As an editor, one of the things I do is look for consistency in the book’s reality when it comes to human beings. The story might not be memoir or creative non-fiction, but fiction in any genre dealing with humanity and the human body means that we need to operate within certain confining parameters.

The human body can only endure so much, and as writers we love to stretch that to the limits.

Just remember, unless you’re dealing with an alien species (whose physiognomy you’ll need to know just as well) or magic, you need to check your facts … and not just with the limitations of the human body 😉 Double and triple check even what you think you know–you may just uncover the difference between keeping a reader captivated and having them lose the willing suspension of disbelief.

Happy Editing!

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