Forum member Katarina has some great editing tips in her post: Editing Tips, A useful list of tips to make editing your novel easier.
After writing your story, you may need to go back and look over what you have written and make improvements. This is different to proof-reading as it involves looking at the story and seeing if it is working. Are the events happening in the right order? Is one chapter too long? Do you need to cut out a character?
If you leave some time between writing your story and starting the rewrite you can look at the story with fresh eyes.
In your rewrite, cut down on anything that gets in the way of telling the story.
Stephen King says that the second draft equals the first draft minus 10 percent.
You can use the rewrite to add in some further background story or to make sure that your characters really do develop throughout the story.
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Forum member Katarina has some great editing tips, complete with examples, in her post: Editing Tips, A useful list of tips to make editing your novel easier.
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