Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. . .
. . .Knowing which words are the wrong words, not so easy.
There is a definite art to editing, as I am constantly reminded when I edit other peoples work. It is so easy to spot problems in their writing, and so hard to spot them in my own.
Succinct word choice, duplicate words or information, reordering sentences, typos and other problems, are all very easy when I am reading someone else’s work. The minute I read my own I become. . .typo blind.
I have adopted a few mitigation strategies to help me to edit my own work. One of my favourites being ‘Text to Speech’ on my computer. This only really helps for small bodies of work. With the best intentions, computer speech sounds like—computer speech—and it can get pretty monotonous if used for too long.
Another favourite, which I use when editing my story, is reading it on my kindle. For some reason putting it in a different format on a different device makes (at least some) of the problems pop out.
Finally, I have a pretty comprehensive checklist that I use to help me find my own personal writing demons.
I am just coming to the pointy end of writing my book, which means the mighty editing process is about to begin. I am always looking for new insights on editing.
So, if you have any tips or techniques I would LOVE to hear from you.
What works for you? What doesn’t work?
If you have written your own blog posts on the topic, or know any good sites PLEASE drop a link below.
All help gratefully received 🙂