That is the question. #writetip
If you are editing your own work, I think it depends on where you are in the writing process.
If someone else it editing your work, I think it depends on what they prefer.
If you are editing someone else’s work, I think it depends on how they like to receive feedback.
So . . .
Editing your own work:
Early in the process, I like to edit on paper. I use the blank space for story ideas, for writing whole new scenes, and for research ideas. The flow of the pen feels good in my hand.
Late in the process, I like to edit on the computer. This is when I am checking grammar, format, repeated words, etc. All things that are easier to search for and do global changes on if you are working on your computer.
Someone else editing your work:
I like to ask what my reader prefers. Some think better if they can write on paper. I’ve had readers comment on a kindle copy. Others like software. Whatever they want is fine with me. If they are willing to comment on my novel, I’m happy to get the comments in any form.
Editing someone else’s work:
I decide this based on what the author prefers. Sometimes geography dictates how.
Do you have any preference for editing?