Editing Advice From Various Writers, A List

Alternative title: The Results of My Being A Magpie When Researching Editing

Recently I’ve done quite a bit of reading about editing—not because I don’t know how to edit, but because I want to improve my editing. After all, there must be a reason why I’ve never managed to polish a book (apart from chronic procrastinating). 

Perhaps, I thought, I might be going at it from the wrong angle or something. I am most definitely guilty of line editing prematurely but what else am I doing that I might be able to do differently? In other words, what do other writers do? 

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