How to Edit Your Own Writing

I have an innate distrust of all writing advice that seem to come from a large organization. I blame academia, for all those years I spent years reading and writing the most rigid, boring prose known to man. I prefer advice from actual writers — and that’s what I found in Harry Guinness’s recent article for The New York Times, How to Edit Your own Writing. He offers some great advice, and makes some excellent book recommendations. To add to that list, I also recommend William Zinsser’s On Writing Well, and Stephen King’s On Writing: Harry’s books focus on the mechanics, while these concern themselves with the craft.