Hey everybody! As many of you are already aware, I’ve been working on rereading and editing my current work in progress! At first, I have to admit, the process was going pretty slow and I wasn’t enjoying it in the least. However, after making some minor adjustments to how I went about things, the process became a lot easier and more enjoyable. Here are the steps I took!
1.) Print out what you’ve written so far – This may sound obvious, but at first I was reading what I had written so far on the computer. I found it difficult and annoying. Once I printed it, everything became easier and less of a pain.
2.) Pick out some helpful editing tools – A great way to facilitate the editing process is to find some writing instruments that are helpful. For example, I’m using a pen and highlighters to help highlight any edits that need to be made and make any notes necessary.
3.) Take breaks – Reading over your work is important, but that’s no reason to cram everything in at once. Read your work like you would any other book you read for your enjoyment – take your time and soak up the words. Rushing through the process just makes it feel like more of a chore.
4.) Try to get lost in the story – This may be difficult, but try not to focus on the fact that you wrote what you’re reading. Read the pages like any other piece of work – focusing on the plot, characters, and words!
These are the steps that I’ve found help facilitate the rereading and editing process. Feel free to use them and see if they work for you! If you have any further suggestions, I’d love to read about them in the comment section below! Thank you!