I know, I know. I keep posting about editing. The more I get into it, the more it comes out.However, every now and then I find something which really helps me and I want to share it with the world.
This morning, I just happened to google “self editing” and found this little gem.
This. This. This. This.
I’m sure everyone edits their work different, but this makes a lot of sense. it also have a lot of very helpful hints and just overall great stuff.
One is printing out your work and I agree with this 100%. There has been so many times I’ll read something on a computer screen, there’s a word missing, but my brain inserts it automatically. I don’t know how it happens, but it does!
Then somehow, when you print it out, you start seeing things you don’t normally see on the screen.
Maybe our eyes react different to words on a screen vs words on paper in front of us?
Another really helpful things from here is giving your work a break. I can not agree more. When you stare at a sentence (or chapter) for days on end, you start to miss things. I can’t explain the number of times someone pointed something out to me and I’m like… Omg, how did I miss that? taking a break is a good way to clear your head and get some distance from your work.
But yeah, I really recommend reading this article.
Anyone else know any good editing or writing tips in general?