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11 Ways to Simplify Your Book Editing

Exhausted, drained and ready to move on. Do these sentiments describe how you feel after you write a new book? I can relate.

You've spent countless hours researching and writing your latest offering and can't wait to get it into the hands of your readers. But your excitement fades when you realize the awful truth - you still have to edit your manuscript!

Even after you've come up with a topic, brainstormed interesting angles and arguments and done all the writing, your book still isn't finished until you complete this all-important step.

But here's where the problem lies...

For a lot of writers, the editing process can be an absolute nightmare. In fact, many would say that editing is much more grueling than actually writing the book.

Truth is, it doesn't have to be.

I'm not going to tell you that editing a full-length book is going to be fast and easy - because it's not. However, it can be a much more streamlined and straightforward process if you utilize the following tips to make editing your book a lot simpler.

1. Step away from your work.

Have you ever gotten so close to your writing that you've practically memorized every word on each page? It happens to the best of us.

The problem with this is that it makes the editing process that much more difficult.

The solution?

Put some well-needed distance between you and your work before you start editing.

It may seem counterproductive to stop working on your manuscript in order to become more productive, but that's exactly what this simplification strategy calls for.

Editing after you let your writing "rest" allows you to view your work through new eyes. You instantly pick up simple mistakes and find opportunities to make your writing better that you would have glossed over or ignored completely if you didn't.

If you can afford to ignore your content for a day or two, you'll reap the benefit of using this tip. However, even if you don't have that kind of time to spare, just a few hours away from your work will do wonders for enhancing your editing efficiency when you actually get started.

2. Use editing software.

One of the simplest ways to give your book review a boost is to use software specific for content editing. While nothing compares to the editing power of the human brain, some of the apps and software available for this task come pretty darn close.

At the very least, editing apps like Grammarly help make the process a bit more simple. The software scans your writing and looks for common issues within your grammar and spelling. It then brings the errors to your attention so that you can make the edits.

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