Of course, my printer decided to wait until today to start giving me major fits, but I managed to get the first half of my manuscript printed out. After Mini gets home from school, I'll wrangle with the printer for the second half. What can I say? I work better on hard copy.
Personal editing checklist. What I know I'm going to have to look for:
- Read through and mark up
- Check for plot holes and inconsistencies
- Look for redundant phrases.
- Straighten sentences
- Look for cause/effect pattern - motivation/reaction units
- Sharpen hooks
- Search for crutch words: felt, saw, knew, etc.
I'll probably run into more things to check, but that's what I know to watch for right off hand. Whatever the length of the story, I usually go over a book in three passes. For this particular story, I'm trying to factor in the time I have to work with vs. what I need to do. I've already highlighted the remaining project days on the calendar in preparation. I'll know more about what the book needs once I do a read through tonight. Whew! Wish me luck.