Geek Thoughts: editing
First draft: get it on the paper (or screen). No editing. No criticism. Crap is fine, just get it down. Leave markers in trouble spots, but don’t stop.
First revision: Quick pass over everything. Get the obvious flaws fixed. Wordsmithing, checking for horrible words, passive voice, adverbly writing, etc.Â Skip over the hard stuff. About half of the markers get fixed here.
Second revision: Careful read over everything. Cross checking notes. About half of the remaining markers get fixed here.
Third revision. No excuses. It ends here, today. To opportunistic skipping around. Once you start fixing the chapter, you finish it.
Final polish: Wordsmithing, checking for horrible words, passive voice, adverbly writing, etc.
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