- You are checking for anything and everything which is tiresome but should result in a perfect story in terms of no errors. That level of attention to detail can and does make the difference as to whether you're published or not.
- Having come through so far with the story, don't you owe it to the tale (and yourself) to make sure everything is absolutely fine before submitting it?
- You don't want anything about this story bugging you later so it really does pay to get the editing done correctly and thoroughly now.
Take your time over the final read through. I usually find at this stage in a story's life, I'm almost sick of it and just want to get it out there so I can get on with a new writing project. But ironically this is the very time to slow things down a little and remind yourself of the purpose of this edit.
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.