Editing your own work is a difficult battle for everyone. The need of editors comes into reality. Not everyone can afford editors though. Depending on how good the editor is or how long the novel is, the cost of an editor can go way over $1,000. Sometimes more than $2,000.
But some tricks have emerged to help writers edit well without battling so much money. It doesn’t mean that everything will be amazing, but it can at least get a good part of the editing done.
1) Rewrite – don’t edit
This works wonders despite how contradicting it can sound. Editing, for the most part, is changing words, but keeping the same writing format. But rewriting helps the story transform and grow into something more. I will have two Word documents up. The one on the left will be the old one (sometimes with editing comments). The document on the right will be blank. Instead of changing small fixes, I’ll change entire paragraphs or rewrite chapters. The piece feels new and fresh afterwards.
2) Read it out loud
Another popular trick is to read your work out loud. It’s easy to skip over mistakes when you scan with your eyes because your eyes see what you want to. We may even mentally insert words in when a particle in the sentence is missing. But if you read your work out loud, your brain and your eyes slow down. It’s also an easy way to catch syntax issues because you can hear it in your voice.
3) Beta readers
As I have mentioned before, beta readers are helpful. Some will ask for a small payment, but usually there’s no payment involved. Not everyone can be a good beta reader though. If you find a great one, hold onto that reader for as long as you can.:
Do you have any other tricks to win those editing battles? Share in the comments below!