Every now and again I'm going to do a post where I explain some technique I use in research, writing, or editing. We all have systems and ideas we try, and I think it is good to share these. You never know, someone might have a better idea, or a refinement to your technique, which you will only discover if you are open about the things you do.
I recently finished the first draft of a 5,000 word short story, currently called 'Other People's Stories' (yes, I know it isn't a great title!). One of the editing tasks I applied at the end was checking for repetition of the same words. Sometimes you get stuck on the same word; when pouring words onto the page it repeats itself every time. That's fine while writing, since the idea is to get as many words flowing as possible; the editing comes later. I'll demonstrate a method I use with a real example from editing that story.