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And yes, I know you're not supposed to write on other people's work in red. I used to be an elementary school teacher. I "get" the fact that people find red slashes on their work demeaning.
But for my own stuff...I want it to be right. Better. The best I can make it. That means editing, often heavily. So, despite my aversion to harming the planet by using more paper, I frequently print out work and go at it with a red pen. I cross out, I insert things. I draw arrows showing where things go and make balloons with words on them when things get too messy and I have difficulty telling what change goes where. If I have long inserts, I scribble them on the back of the sheet, and if I'm not sure if a change is right, I draw big red question marks next to the material or if I'm not sure what the change should be yet but I know a change is needed, I simply write suggestions to myself ("Make change here." "This seems awkward" or "This seems unclear"). When I've done all that, I can either make the changes on the computer or wait to make them later. Either way, I know that the book will be better for that brutal red pen.
Love the red pen. The red pen is your friend!