While nothing can replace an editor, there is certainly a lot you can do yourself before it reaches a professional’s hands to get your work into shape.
And your beta readers will thank you!
I’m definitely not claiming that this is the perfect way to self-edit, nor the only way! But this is what works for me.
What’s wrong with just reading it?
I am brilliant at spotting typos and editing errors in other people’s work.
I am utterly useless at spotting them in my own!
I do know a number of ‘lucky’ individuals who can spot what’s wrong in their own work…but this is not me. Once I have submerged myself in my story, I am pretty much blinded to a myriad of problems from that awkward sentence to that typo to using the wrong word!
So, I have an editing routine, and that forces me to explore my…
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