I used Grammarly to grammar check this post because I'm too busy saving a toddler from jumping off the counter. Haha okay, in case you can't tell this post is being sponsored by a program called Grammarly. But, I actually do want to talk about self-editing, because I'm doing a lot of it lately while releasing the chapters if Owned by the Ocean right here on my blog.
I have a few steps that I take when going over a chapter.
- I start with a line edit. I go through line by line, not really paying attention to the content and scope of the chapter and just fixing grammar, punctuation and word choice.
- Once I'm done my line edit I read through the chapter and start looking at content. Does anything need re-writing or to be fleshed out more? Does that fit the character? Is this long-winded and boring? Etc...
- After that, I do one last quick read through the make sure I didn't miss anything.
- Normally, at this point I would be sending my writing off to an editor but, since I'm not made of money and I'm releasing Owned by the Ocean in a bit of an unorthodox way, I haven't hired an editor for it. Instead, I use a program to do one last proofread for me.
Grammarly is probably the most thorough program I've used. However, it does not and will not replace the eyes of a human editor or proofreader.
As a tool, I think it is best used as a final safeguard against mistakes that may have been missed, or to proofread things like blogposts. What I like is that when approached by Grammarly they did not try and pitch it as a replacement to editing or proofreading, but as an added tool to help get the most polished product you can.
There are a lot of features that I have yet to check out, but as a proofreader I think it is useful. Just remember, it does not replace the eyes of a human editor. I am a huge believer in editors and proofreaders and don't think any program is about to replace them.
And yes, I actually did proofread this blog post using Grammarly.