Your final editor will thank you for this too! Also see The Characteristics of Good Writing
But don’t worry: I’m not talking about in-depth, nitty-gritty content editing here. (That’s another post.) Not every editing pass needs to be, or should be, all about the structure of the story, continuity, and whether your characters are making believable choices.
Sometimes, “baby edits” are just as helpful. There are three times I personally would recommend these simpler, less drastic editing passes, although obviously, everyone writes differently, and your process might not match up with mine.
- I write on pen and paper first sometimes. I’ll get a “baby edit” in while transcribing to the computer.
- After a first draft, but before that read-through where I don’t change a thing (I take notes instead), is another opportunity for…
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