- Print it out – you can’t have a bird’s eye view of your work if you can’t shuffle pages back and forth to see how everything slots together.
- Move into a different space where there are no or only minimal distractions – no computers, no other work pending, no lists. Just you, a clear desk and your sheets of paper.
- Turn off your phone (or, like me, get an ‘just-in-case-there’s-an-emergency’ phone [pictured] and put your smartphone away/turn it off).
- Get a red pen, sit down and put your editor hat on – not your writer hat on. It will break your heart to cross out some sentences or even whole paragraphs (or/and evict a character if you’re writing fiction), but it is necessary. It’s called ‘killing your darlings’ (William Faulkner).
- Read it all out loud if you can. It makes it easier to spot what’s not quite right, what’s redundant and what needs fleshing out/explaining further.
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PS: I’m currently editing a book of poems I wrote between December last year and May this year. I always have a book next to me when I write… and when I edit, it seems! It helps get my creative juices going. This book of poems (pictured), Milk and Honey, is exquisite. I have now finished it and I know I will go back to it every now and again. Absolutely recommend it!