How to edit for people who hate editing: I hate editing. It’s my least favorite part of the Academic Experience. Editing makes me really anxious because I miss little things like typos and misspellings. Editing for clarity and readability is hard, but it does not give me the same level of worry.
I have found some tools that really help. The best thing I found was to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I find that I write better probes in the first place if I have to speak it out loud. Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking forces me to say my sentences out loud. That simple change makes for shorter sentences, and usually more readable text.
The version of NaturallySpeaking that I use cost about $70. For me, that is well worth it. I use it all the time. It speeds up my writing. It helps me edit. It helps me be clear. It does take a bit of practice to use NaturallySpeaking. You have to just trust it. I can talk at a natural pace and it will get everything, though it may not do it in real time. If you want to avoid buying expensive software, then start with OpenOffice. It won’t take dictation, but it might help you edit.