For me, I find it easier to write a draft on the computer, then print it out and attack it with pencil. The pencil must be a sharp grey-lead pencil or it just doesn't seem to work quite as well.
Printing out the story helps me to see it in a new light, especially if it's something that has been going around in my head for some time. It also means that I can easily change locations if I need to. It's not unusual to see me editing as I wait for the kids to come out of their various after school activities, though my kids start giving me a hard time if I'm reading the manuscript out loud.
My kids have also been known to pick up printed manuscripts, read them, and write their suggestions, also in a sharp grey-lead pencil. My 11 year old is great at picking up typos that I miss (and my editor misses), especially ones caused by auto correct.
I know that different people have different tools they use for editing. There are a lot of articles giving tips to authors on how to self edit to prove this. My essential tools are a print out of my manuscript and a sharp grey-lead pencil.
What are your essential editing tools?
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