I just finished editing the first two chapters of the book (out of 47). I’ve decided to edit on the computer. I could say it’s because I want to be environmentally conscious…but that would be a lie. I prefer editing on the computer because I can make all the changes I need to instantly without the chance of forgetting. I go straight through the writing and change what is needed. At the same time, I have another Word document open tracking all of the plot holes and whatnot that I need to keep an eye on.
I’ve heard plenty of times that you are supposed to ready through the entirety of the novel one time without changing a thing. I have to cry bullshit on that one. I cannot read through, see all the small mistakes, and not do something about them. I’m really enjoying editing right now. Of my four novels, this one seems to have the fewest mistakes. Considering how quickly I wrote it, I expected the exact opposite. My goal for this editing job is to edit about ten pages a day. With about 110 pages in Word, I should get a new draft done every eleven days or so.