I finished writing and editing a short story. It was good exercise for editing, particularly since I was working on getting the total word count down below a fixed amount.
I did content editing first, making sure that the story hung together and made sense. I rewrote the ending to make it more exciting, deleted sections that really didn’t move the story forward, etc.
Then moved on to line editing. Deleting all those pesky “had” or “has been” words that didn’t do anything useful other than increase my word count. I do need to keep an eye on the language because of the steampunk style which should be a bit more flowery prose.
So all that was good practice. But now looking at a whole novel to edit and I feel more than just a little intimidated. I stalled it a little by updating synopsis and tagging the scenes, but I have run out of excuses and need to wade in. I have no idea what to do that…