Pamela Johnson listed some techniques to help when editing your manuscripts:
She said, when re-writing a paragraph cut it and paste it into a new document.
Stephen King talks about the different stages of writing. He says we write too soon with the reader on our shoulder. Write the story as a draft first and then refine it to meet readerships. Only think of the reader in the final stage. In this way you are whittling up.
Remember the thin flat writing are the notes to yourself. The delete key is word doctoring.
If writing is talking on paper try to listen in.
- What is it I’m trying to say?
- What is it I can see?
- What am I trying to show?
Voicing the work comes up through the layers.
You can’t write a book in one sitting just as you can’t edit in one sitting.
Other useful ideas Pamela suggested were:
- Print off 5000 words and go somewhere else and read it aloud.
- Highlight all the concrete nouns and verb phrase.
- How precise can you get your verbs and nouns?
- Find the active verb.
These techniques will help you to edit and refine your work.
Other useful posts on editing are:
- All About Editing
- What Does an Editor Do?
- Summary of the Common Pitfalls
- Don't Panic - Organise! - Step Three: