S is for Self-Editing #AtoZChallenge

Self-editing is best done as a multi-stage process. Don’t expect to edit everything at once and be done with it. There are a great deal of articles written about this topic and here is a link roll of them!

Self-Editing Basics: 10 Simple Ways to Edit Your Own Book

Self-Editing by Lori Handeland

How to Write Well: 10 Essential Self-Editing Tips

How to Edit a Book: The Ultimate 21-Part Checklist

19 Self-Editing Tips for Your Writing

Self-Editing: How to Improve Your Writing

Writing: How to Self-Edit your Novel

Self Editing for Fiction Writers

There are also an increasing amount of programs to help writers with their editing as well, beyond the simplistic red-lines of Word Documents.

Copy Editing Software for Authors

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SmartEdit (license $)

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Of course, editing software only suggests what you might overlook due to being tired or too close to the work or obvious grammar errors. Don’t automatically fix everything that a program suggests, think about whether it actually fits what you’re trying to accomplish with the writing. Basically, don’t expect to use any software as a crutch to avoid actual work when it comes to self-editing.

One of my favorite tricks when it comes to self-editing; start at the last word and work backwards with each sentence. Hold a piece of paper’s edge to distinguish which line you’re on. Be brutal in notes and decision-making.

Be honest about what works and doesn’t work, if you can identify an issue, then you should be able to problem-solve how to fix it. The answer is in there somewhere, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to identify the issue at all.