I agree, it is a pain. I think the hardest part is knowing when you can stop. I usually stop at the point where I can’t bear the thought of going through one more time. I will look into those tools. Thank you for the tips


Self editing is a pain.  It is inefficient.  And sometimes totally incompetent.

But what is the novice to do?  Not every writer is in a position to invest in a good proofreader and /or editor.  Should you publish a flawed piece of work, or possibly not publish at all?  It depends on what your real goal is.  Consider if you want to get out a good story, but just can’t get over that last huddle, should you publish or not.  Is a minor error going to kill it.  Remember I said a minor flaw here or there, not an incompetent piece of writing.

First, write the best you can.  Do your own proofing using tools that you can obtain free.  Spell check is the first.  Slick Write is another great tool. I find after I have read my rough draft two to three times and employed these tools, I am ready for…

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3 Comments on “SELF EDITING

  1. As you say, it’s difficult to find a good editor that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg. And it is a pain to read your own work over and over again until you can’t see the words anymore. But if you can’t afford one, what is one to do, right?
    I hope you will become so successful that editors will be fighting over you! 🙂

    • It is a conundrum because as a trained editor I think I should be able to get it right. Better than just adequate; but definitely not perfect. Try though. You are spot on about getting to that point where you can’t see the words on the page anymore. (Funny that I had to go back and edit my comment here)

      • Same here. I proofread for a living, but somehow doing that for my own work sucks the most.

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