*insert tongue in cheek*
Do not buy color ink for your printer when you need black ink. Your manuscript will become unreadable and, more importantly, you can’t use a bunch of pretty highlighters.
Do not forget to buy paper when you are ready to print your manuscript for editing. Although store opening times are more liberal now here in The Netherlands, stores are still not open at 3 a.m. when you are most likely to run out of paper.
Do not turn on the Do Not Disturb function on your phone and then check your phone for messages. Hint: The Do Not Disturb function does not work if keep using your phone. (Learned this yesterday myself.)
Do not think you can have a social life by planning several evenings out during your editing period. And definitely don’t drink any alcohol (certainly not too much alcohol) on those nights you do go out. Editing with hangover is definitely a do not do.
Do not take your coffee machine apart to clean it while taking a short editing break. The chance you can figure out how to put it together while your brain is full of your manuscript is miniscule. Just don’t do it.
Do not spend all night awake with a sick dog, thinking you are superwoman and don’t need sleep during your editing phase. You do need sleep. Yes, even you.
Do not forget to stock up on all the essentials for editing: coffee, milk, snacks, etc. You may find yourself screaming at the refrigerator at 6 a.m. when you realize you have no milk, no food for breakfast, and the store isn’t open for another two hours. Eek!
*This has been a short commercial break from our regularly scheduled program of editing, editing, editing*