During the first twelve days of December I'll be posting twelve ways to self-edit.
Today's Tip: Remembering The Details
Create an 'editing bible' by writing down every detail. Do you name a restaurant? Write it down. Then, if you need to refer to that restaurant again, you've got a record of not only what it was called, but how you spelled it. Do you mention the color of a character's eyes? Write that down. You won't want your character to go from blue eyes to brown unless it has something to do with the plot. This saves you from having to search through pages and pages of text and also comes in handy for writing sequels when lots of time has passed and you've forgotten those pesky but crucial details.