I hate housework.
Actually I don’t know very many people who like it (except for maybe my sister-in-law) but I really hate it. Mostly because I feel like I never get anything accomplished. I start cleaning the kitchen then I go to my daughter’s room to put something away and start cleaning up in there. Before I finish I put her dirty clothes in the laundry and realize that I need to put a load in. After an hour I realize I have only cleaned half of every room and nothing really looks better.
Sometimes I find that with editing. I’ll go through a chapter looking for every problem at once. Often I miss things because I’m trying to clean up everything at once. I read once that you should read through your book focusing only on one character.
Recently I’ve tried to adopt that theory. First I print off a hard copy of a chapter and make corrections with pen; everything from rewriting sentences, punctuation, spelling, dialogue etc.
Then I make those changes on the computer. I then read through the chapter looking only at dialogue. After that I read it again looking for echoes. I might read it once more if I’m giving it to someone to look at.
How about you? Do you try to edit all at once or try to focus on one room at a time?