Fellow novelist and blogger Rachel Carrera posted a call to writers to share editing tips. Rachel was kind enough to post my favorite editing techniques on her blog. You can find them here. You can also see what other writers have suggested.
Editing, like writing, is a skill that will improve with effort and attention. When it comes to my own writing, I use a light hand in the early stages of a draft; I want to encourage a flow of words and ideas without worrying too much about mechanics.
But once the draft has taken shape and I’ve got a solid beginning, middle, and end, then it’s time to be merciless. I hope you find the tips I shared useful, and please share your own to help us all improve.