Your Editing Toolbox

Move It: Sometimes a scene is great, but it jars because it switches gears or derails the storyline. Maybe it’s just in the wrong place. Sometimes simply lifting a scene and putting it somewhere else will make all the difference. Usually you only have to patch the edges with a little fresh plaster and paint to make it feel natural. Just make sure you don’t leave any leaky pipes sticking out – check your consistency. Read more: Your Editing Toolbox

Some great advice for writers, here. As you’re revising, you should always keep in mind that the cleaner your manuscript is when it goes to an editor, the more the editor can focus on pacing, story, character, etc. As an editor, those are the areas I prefer to spend time on and, when they’re strongest, they’re the areas that make readers happiest.