Thank you so much for the great advice you shared with me last week about editing, especially about the editing software. I had no idea such things existed. Over the last few days I've gathered other editing tips and wanted to share them with you.
Search for extraneous thats and hads.
Straighten out your mixed metaphors. If you’re riddled with doubt about a particular sentence, try treating every word absolutely literally to see if the sentence pans out. Make sure you’re conscious of every metaphor in your prose
When in doubt, throw it out. Sometimes I’ll find myself stuck on a particular sentence I can’t seem to fix no matter how many times I rearrange it. This is when I step back, grab an ax, and chop the whole thing.
Highlight action, description, dialogue, and internal thoughts in different colors. I saw this in action awhile ago, but for the life of me I can't remember what author did this. What she'd do is highlight every part of her novel. For example, all internal thoughts in red, description in blue, and so on. By color coding her manuscript, she could immediately see where mistakes were, whether it was too many internal thoughts or descriptions, which slow things down, or too much action without internal thoughts. I hope that makes sense.