I couldn’t think of a way to make this post sound exciting, because I don’t really think editing is exciting. It’s not boring, exactly, but it feels so much more like work to me than the freedom of a first draft.
I’ll also stick a big disclaimer here: This is not a ‘How to Edit’ post. Because I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all formula for any part of writing, and you certainly shouldn’t sit worrying if you work diferently from your writer friends. Writing is art, after all, and everyone sculpts their story using the tools that fit in their hands.
On that note, here’s what I do.