Stumped on Editing
Today I hit 30,000 words on my YA novel in progress. I still have plenty of work to do before the draft is complete, but lately I’ve been thinking ahead to the editing process.
Prior to earning my MFA, I truly did not know how to edit my own work. I would read back through and check for grammatical errors and the like, but I didn’t yet know how to read my stories and look at them objectively. The help of my various workshop groups became invaluable. Not only did they offer their own critiques and advice, but I wrote for the first time with an audience in mind.
And now I find myself in a new state, without a workshop group, and with a big project to edit and perfect.
I follow a number of authors on Instagram, and I always see their photos of editing sessions from hotel rooms and coffee shops. I want to be that polished and professional.
If you’re a writer—whether published or not—and you’re reading this, how do you go about editing your work? Do you hire a professional editor? Do you share your writing with a specific person or group of people? What is your advice for an amateur who is looking to edit her first novel-length work?