This could be called, The Mirror Mirror on the Wall Method.
Yes, you should edit your own work, but don’t stop there. We all have blind spots. Those pesky parts of us that are outside of our awareness can be downright destructive if left unattended.
When you edit your own work, you can only see what you can see, leaving big plot holes and small incongruent details that, at best, distract from your narrative and, at worst, sink your story.
What kind of things can you miss?
- Loose plot threads
- Changing details (blue eyes turn brown)
- Mysteriously changing names
- Grammar and punctuation
These are a few of the many, many examples of things that are easy to miss when you edit your own work.
So after you go through your story a few times yourself, consider sharing your work with a few trusted friends or family.
The best early readers have a firm grasp on the English language, are subject matter experts and balance praise with constructive criticism.
The ideal situation, of course, is to hire a professional editor to proofread the words, punctuation and story elements.
Key takeaway: Edit your own work but get outside help, too!
Christopher is standing in front of mirror trying to figure out what it looks like from behind. Connect with him on Twitter @Chris_Kokoski