Tips on editing:
- Don't edit after writing. Take a break for two or three weeks. Do something else.
- After four weeks, remove your first draft and proofread. Check for spelling, grammar, tense, sentence structure and voice.
- Use spell check or a good editing software.
- After proofreading, be the reader of your work. Just read don't write. You will notice something that has to be changed either the character is not doing much or the story has to change.
- After taking notes of the changes, implement them in your story.
- A quote from William Faulkner every write has to follow. "in writing, you must kill all your darlings.” This means, you need to delete scenes or characters that are not doing much for your story. For example, boring paragraph, sentences that does not make sense, boring scenes, a hot character doing nothing. I know it is your work but some things have to go.
- Read your work out loud, this helps you identify errors in your writing.
- Don't do all your proofreading or editing at the same time. Unless you are meeting your publisher tomorrow and have 24 hours to edit your work. Please don't wait for the last minute. Editt in chapters or small quantities.
- Restructure your book so it flows