As I am working to finish my first novella, thoughts of editing have begun to hit me. I haven't been able to find a lot of threads on the matter, so I decided to start my own. Allow me to share a few points I have recently learned. Anyone else who has something to add, please feel free. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/03/20/writing-excuses-5-29-rewriting/ Three levels of editing (content editing) 1. Triage editing - major changes to the story. Adding/removing characters or scenes. The main purpose of this level of editing is to make sure the overall story works. Have you made good on all your promises? Look at the climax and resolution of your story; was it properly foreshadowed? 2. Shotgun editing - Jumping around the story and looking for general problems. Are you being repetitive? Are you being repetitive? Is your Character nodding 10 times on a single page? From what I could understand, this level of editing involves checking various aspects of the story for problems. 3. Character by Character edit - This one is pretty self-explanatory. Make sure your characters sound and act as they should. Sometimes you may have a character say or do something out of character which throws off an entire scene. http://writingsnippets.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/on-editing-with-heather-moore/ Hook - Make sure you have a hook at the beginning of the book and at the end of every chapter. End of chapter hooks needn't be a dramatic cliffhanger. Instead, they can be some revealed piece of information. Repeating oneself- Same as up top. In my opinion, one phase of editing should consist solely of checking for repeats. I can already tell that my story is filled with too many "looks", "glares", "gazes", "stares", and the like. Passive voice, passive actions - I am definitely guilty of this one. "The girls walked into the store" is better than "John saw the girls walk into the store." POV - Make sure you're not in somebodies head you shouldn't be. Symmetrical pagination/pacing - A one page chapter followed by a twenty page chapter can be off-putting. I believe the overall advice for this was to make sure your pages match the pace of the book. Smaller number of pages will lead to a punchier pacing. I hope these links help someone in the editing process. Please post other tips and links you may have.