A danger for a writer is thinking too much. You pour so much energy into writing that your mind and fingers often trip over each other with words. We know so many words that they can get jumbled up sometimes. Do you want send a fax or facts?
Another danger is trusting your computer too much. Sure it will highlight a word if you may have spelled it wrong, but if you’ve spelled it right it doesn’t always know it’s the wrong word. There are programs out there that are pretty sensitive to writing styles and are a great help. If you have an older computer like I do it can surprise you what you may miss. That’s why a good set of critical eyes, besides your own, is important.
We all read our material at least a couple times. My best way of editing myself is to finish the work and then put it away for a couple weeks. Then read it again before I print it. I catch a lot that way, but still there is more to find.
I’ve been very blessed to have a chum from high school who was and is still one of the best people to read my work. She is very thorough and accurate. In addition to her wonderful gift of time, I’ve been able to have a second reader. Currently I have the privilege to know a retired teacher who is also very skilled and patient. Between the two of them I feel more confident when I present my final project.
There are professional services for editing available. And one time I did have another writer read my work. His fees were a modest $10 an hour for just copy editing. Another kind of editor I approached wanted $25 an hour and also wanted to totally edit my book. It was at that point I decided what I really wanted was a copy editor.
I hesitated to have my book completely edited because I liked my story and wasn’t wanting someone to rewrite it for me to fit their view. Don’t know how you feel about that, but it is an option. I realize if you are traditionally published they tend to want to do to make the story more commercial. So that is something to think about.
The important thing is that we all produce the best work we can and making sure we have the right words is crucial. What ever you write I wish you nothing but success