Editing is a service usually provided to a new author if they are fortunate enough to be signed-up to a publisher. After all, it’s in the publishers interest to help craft and polish the writing so it is the best it can be.
Self published authors don’t have this luxury. If you take your writing seriously, if you want your readers to take you seriously, you simply cannot afford to think of editing as an unnecessary luxury.
Good editing helps tighten a story, removes unnecessary repetition and exposition. A good editor will work with a writer to take the writers words and basically cut out the junk. It’s simply impossible for a writer to effectively edit their own work. Although it is possible to keep an editors eye on your project as you write. Be punchy. Avoid adverbs where possible.
Regularly print out your work and take a red pen to to it. Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings, (those passages you love but add little to the story). Let some one other than family read and criticize your work.
Often, family and friends won’t want to offend you. Read your work out loud. You’ll be surprised how this can reveal strengths and weaknesses in a piece of writing, no matter whether fact or fiction.
Take that red pen and be ruthless with it! When your writing is ready to show to a publisher, it will be much the stronger for it. Once you’re ready for the next step, professional editing can really make your writing sing.
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