I like to take my draft and put it away for at least a week. I read my draft as if I were someone else, not as I wrote it. This way I am able to read it with more objectivity. Here are the steps that I follow:
1) Read it from the beginning. This helps you get into the flow of the writing thought. It allows you to revise what you have written so far. I like to use the “track changes” feature on my computer. If you are not using a computer, you can create multiple drafts. This way if you decide to delete something, you still have your deleted material in the event you want to put it back into the story.
2) I like to print out a hard copy from my computer. This helps much more than just trying to read my draft from the computer. It allows me to get a full picture of the entire story.
3) Get feedback from others. Utilize your critique group. The response that you receive from other readers can be very helpful during your writing process. But, remember that you are the writer, and you choose to decide which advice to listen to.
4) Fine tuning of your draft is in the editing process. Check for spelling and grammar, don’t rely just on spell checker and grammar checkers.
5) The most effective time to edit is when you have finished revising. This way you are fine tuning the sentences that are in your final draft, and not wasting that time on multiple drafts. Get the story down first.
6) Lastly, proofread, proofread and proofread. This is the final step in the editing process. This is where you get to check for missing words, misspellings and formatting.
7) Are you ready to submit? What are you waiting for?