I was thinking yesterday that it was about time I got round to a spot of editing, I usually like to leave stories a few weeks before editing them and the one in question was finished just before christmas. I guess I got carried away with my current writing project.
The thought of editing got me thinking though, how do other writers edit?
Personally I always like to open a fresh document and save it as “cut outs.” Then whilst I’m editing when I come across a sentence, phrase or paragraph that I want to keep, but know deep down it’s really got to go, I cut and paste it into the cut outs folder. I feel I can be a lot more ruthless this way, it’s not so much ‘murdering my darlings’ as rehoming them.
I’ve been using this system for a long time now and I’ve got to admit, not once have I ever took anything out of the cut outs file. I still feel better though knowing they’re saved somewhere.
What about you do you have a system or a special way of editing that you swear by?