I am not a writer by trade. Well, I am, but not a writer of things anybody wants to read: technical documentation, patents, occasionally (but not often) copy. A lot of it is one-and-done sort of affairs, without a heck of a lot of editorial oversight or much in the way of review: it can take two years or more before a patent application comes back from a reviewer, for instance.

Currently, I find myself in a bit of a pickle. I'm responsible for managing a large scale infrastructure funding application with the federal government which we submitted some months ago, and are now in the process of revising for the review committee.

Here's my issue: I am a terrible self-editor. It's one of the many things keeping me out of academia, writing for pleasure, and other assorted pursuits. I can't even stand to look at pieces that I've written, months later. That said, I need to cut up this 80-some page application that is largely my own prose.

So, my question to deckers - I know we have editors and writers among us - how do you approach editing yourself?