There are many great editing tips and even some old ones that still work today:
- Print your story on paper and read it
- Read your writing aloud
- Read the last sentence of your novel, then the one above it, and repeat
Here’s one I haven’t found, but discovered on my own that always helps me find typos, errors, and some story holes.
- Finish the story
- Read through it at least once either on computer or print out
- Save the draft as a PDF File
- Upload the PDF File to your phone (if you have the capability on your phone – otherwise onto your computer).
- Change the font to white and the background to black. This breaks up the piece and helps you recognize problems
- If the PDF file is on your phone, than you can read it while waiting in line, on lunch break, etc.
- Be sure and make notes of changes you want/need
I don’t know what it is about this, but I’ve found errors in a document that I had re-read several times. I guess since my mind is used to black type on white paper, it auto-corrects what I read and the mistakes stay. I have found errors in chapters that I swore had none :)
If you have an editing tip – or have try this one and like it, please share.