I don't have much that's original to say about doing your own editing. After the fifth time, it becomes a pain, but a pain that must be endured. It was Jonathan Swift who wrote: Blot out, correct, insert, refine/ Enlarge, diminish, interline/ Be mindful, when invention fails/ To scratch your head, and bite your nails.
I'll bet you didn't know there was a committee formed to make editing suggestions to the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson refused to submit his work. (more…)