A year and a half ago I wrote a book.
Three months ago, I re-wrote the same book.
A month ago, I revised the re-written book.
Now, I'm editing the revision of the re-written book.
And I'm starting to feel like my life is made up of Coke Zero and this:
Tips to stay sane and accomplish quality editing while you're in the throws of editing:
1. Take breaks. The longer you stare at the screen and re-read the same paragraph will only make you crazy. Sometimes a fresh look on a later day will help you see how to clearly clean up your sentences.
2. Don't delete. If you're not using track changes, then make sure you save each edit, so your earlier versions aren't destroyed. Sometimes you'll go back and find you liked your original better.
3. Share it. When you get stumped, pass it onto a friend or a beta-reader to flush out the issues.
4. Read. When you're boggled, pick up a good book. Sometimes reading someone's edited work helps you see where you're work lacks the finesse it needs.
Do you have any editing tips to share?