Sorry for any errors on the tips & how to pages. I'm doing this fast.
I'm going to suggest to you below to edit your writing at least 8 times. This website is not a book. I went through my writing a few times. There are errors.
On the How to Write page, I mentioned the three problems a speedreader encounters. Regression, fixation and subvocalization are the problems a speedreader has to conquer. Then I flipped this over to writing memoirs and biographies.
In editing, regression is when you keep returning to your earlier editing before you proceed to the content that you have yet to edit. Fixation is when you keep dwelling on what you are currently editing and can't seem to go forward.
If you regress and keep editing your earlier sections, you will tire. There is a huge chance that you would not give your later chapters the attention and time you gave your earlier ones. Readers notice this. While your book may be the first you've written and edited, your readers have read a hundred books.
My tip is, keep writing, don't care about editing. When you edit, then keep editing. Go from start to finish. Then return to the start and do it over again.
My sister, who is a professional writer and editor told me that the way to edit is to look at the work at least 8 times.
You will always notice an error even after looking at your work 8 times. Expect to spend the same amount of time if not more, editing, as you did writing.
Once you get the hang of writing, reading your work and editing, you'll begin seeing your work as like those diagram trees we tackled in grade school and high school grammar. Google "diagramming sentences."
See if the way you constructed sentences are accurate. For example, when you refer to a dad and a son, you can confuse the reader when you use "he." In your mind, you might be referring to the dad, but when the reader reads it, the reader might get the idea that you referred to the son. This problem can keep going to the next sentences and paragraphs. As you edit, you will notice these possible errors. Redo your sentences.
Once you start visualizing diagrams, visualize diagrams for sentences, multiple sentences, paragraphs, chapters and the entire book. If you have plans to write several books, you'll also have a few simple diagrams to connect the books.
You will also notice inconsistencies with tenses. Know when to use past and present tenses. Become familiar with the other tenses.
Here is something I know I made a mistake in. Honestly, I stopped caring to edit it. I have yet to do a word search in all of my early works to revise it. I got lazy. We should give ourselves a break sometimes. I know I did.
If a person wants your luck and your luxurious things, that person is envious of you.
If a person close to you starts to see that you're doing things for yourself, and he or she puts you down because you might eventually find new friends and relationships, that person is jealous. So a jealous person does not really want your luck, he just puts you down to keep you close and visible.
Once again, I'm reiterating what I learned from my former publisher. The book you wrote is not a term paper. The same book you are editing is also not a term paper. Be okay with mistakes. While you might have critics, at least you are not being graded like in school and you don't need your book to graduate.
Remember you're an artist. Some of us are crazy. I am too, so by suggesting this, I'm encouraging you to do this.
Publish your work, unedited! See it as like a joke. Call it your Artist's Unedited Draft, Artist's Draft, Unedited First Attempt at Writing, Unedited Manifesto. Make sure the label is on the cover of the book. Make it look like a rubber stamp, or place it prominently on the cover. May sure you still follow the conventions of publishing. Make sure the elements of a good, published book is there: ISBN, Library of Congress Catalog Number, the copyright page, interior title page, introduction, acknowledgments, table of contents, etc. Make sure you repeat the rubber stamp unedited notice. Make sure you have a nicely designed cover and title, and the images are of the right resolution.
I have a few reasons for publishing unedited manuscripts. First, we are artists. our visual art is still an important product. Second, we don't have a formal system that includes publishers, editors, proofreaders, etc., all of whom can still collaborate to release the books in case we die. Third, it is because you can. The publishing world used to have to come up with perfect books they can profit from--after rejecting thousands of manuscripts. Even with really cringeworthy grammar, if you are able to generate sales of your visual art, you can make a statement that you don't even need to edit your books.
Of course, this is like a joke, you really should follow up your first book that was the draft, with a second edition that has been edited. This way, you will have two books resulting from one manuscript.
I saw the movie, I Shot Andy Warhol, which was a story about Valerie Solanas, who associated with Andy Warhol. She wanted to be recognized as an artist and writer, but couldn't find validation through publishing and her peers, that she eventually "needed" to shoot Andy Warhol. Well, now that we can self-publish, there is no need to dig up Andy Warhol to shoot him again. Just a joke, but as artists, we are not used to writing and the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical drain that writing memoirs brings with it.
As you write, you will get this idea that you need to publish whatever you have produced, as soon as you can, in case you get run over by a car tomorrow.
There was a person I met who supposedly smoked a lot of pot, and who was homeless at that time. While I was only 24, this guy Clark (not his real name) was much younger. He did not have the luxury of finishing school, not even high school, but Clark became friends with a friend of mine, Tom (not his real name). I had already been writing a monthly column for a free paper, been joining group art shows, and already do desktop publishing and editing when I met him. Tom showed me Clark's "manifesto." It was a set of verses which absolutely made no sense to me. It was like he wrote it while high on something. That was supposedly his first attempt at writing at length. I told Tom it did not make sense to me and I don't know what to tell Clark or what he can tell Clark.
That was in the early 90s. He may be gone now. He may have contracted HIV/AIDS at a time when there were still no life-prolonging remedies. Every once in a while, I remember him, and I regret those times. Now, there are better HIV/AIDS medications and self-publishing can be done by everyone.
Clark is why I will now only encourage people to write, and encourage them some more. No discouragements. Everyone's writing is precious. God knows everything that we're writing about. For someone to share his writing with other fellow human beings is a privilege.
If you're editing for someone else, don't lose the writer's voice. You might think the way you present an idea is better than that of the person's original writing, but if you keep rewriting the work, you might end up with you own voice instead of the writer's.
An artist might speak a different language and might not know that there's an appropriate idiom for what the artist is describing. You can change things with permission. Here is a phrase I heard many times over before I became comfortable using it: "Very much so." I grew up in the Philippines; I never hear that phrase. Then after decades of being away from the Philippines, I started watching Filipino shows on YouTube and reading blogs by Filipinos around 2012. I started hearing the phrase, "in fairness," much too many times. I still cannot get myself to use that phrase. I operate within my own timeline and my own exposure to languages. I have my own individual voice and stories. I take pride in introducing my readers to my own exposure. You do as well. If you're editing someone's work, you should take time to communicate and exchange ways of correcting the original work.