Editing is one of those nebulous things that’s never quite defined. How do we do it? What do we change? How do we know what to add, erase? When do we stop? It’s not clear, or easy.
Don’t do what I did. I started out polishing each scene only to find that editing the entire plot meant throwing some of them out. ARGH! Also, don’t edit while you’re writing. Editing kills your inspirational muse. It’s the complete opposite of creating. So, create, then edit.
So, what’s the answer? I’m going to be very honest here, I’m still trying to figure it out. But these guys are pros. They’ve done it and done it successfully. Check it out!
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2011/05/how-i-edit.html This guy has the entire process that he follows for everyone to read. Definitely one for me to look at.
http://thewritelife.com/edit-your-copy/ This one has great tips for polishing scenes and little bits that help tighten your writing until it has the power of a UFC punch! 🙂
http://writetodone.com/eight-simple-tips-for-editing-your-own-work/ This one is really good for easy, clear ideas you can use.
http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2012/10/revising-your-book-dos-and-donts.html Do’s and dont’s. I won’t mention here how many of those ‘don’ts’ I’ve done…sigh.
http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/preparing-to-publish-turning-a-typescript-into-a-book/ This one, by Deborah Lee Luskin, is an excellent piece on how to go from draft to polished.
Hope these help! If not, my go-to fix is always a cup of coffee…and a walk with my doggie. 🙂