Editing is an important skill for any writer, but it can be especially challenging to self-edit your book. After all, you are intimately familiar with your own writing and it can be difficult to step back and see the big picture.
It’s a question that all authors face at one point or another: how much self-editing is enough? Before sending your book off to beta readers, it’s important to make sure that it’s as polished as possible. But how much time should you spend editing on your own? In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to self-edit your book and make sure it’s ready for feedback from beta readers.
However, self-editing is essential if you want to improve as a writer. Here are a few self-editing tips to help you get started:
Read your work aloud.
This will help you to catch errors that you might not otherwise notice.
Reading your work aloud will also help you to get a sense of the rhythm and flow of your writing. If you can, find someone who will read your work aloud to you. This can be especially helpful if you tend to miss errors in your own writing. Listening to your work being read aloud will also help you to catch errors that you might not otherwise notice.
Put your work away for a while before editing.
This will help you to come back to it with fresh eyes. Try to take a break for at least a day or two before you start self-editing. If you can, wait even longer.
Be ruthless in your editing.
Don’t be afraid to delete entire sections or even start over from scratch if necessary. It’s important to remember that self-editing is a process.
Trust your gut instinct.
If something feels off, it probably is.
You know your work better than anyone else. If something feels off, it’s probably worth taking a closer look at.
Remember, the goal of self-editing is to make your book the best it can be before getting feedback from beta readers. Self-editing can be a difficult and challenging process, but it’s an essential part of being a writer. By following these tips, you can be sure that your book is ready for the next stage of editing.
So, how much time should you spend self-editing?
As long as it takes to make your book the best it can be!
Read this article on “knowing when it’s time to hire an editor.”
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And happy editing!
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