I feel like my learning to edit progresses in stages.
I did master careful proofreading. Then I read a lot of books on style, learning to eliminate weak words, filters, work with sentence construction...
I did a lot of growth on building a scene from background to dialogue.
But what I need to learn now is the next level, more like developmental editing, by bringing in the last layer that will push me from ‘good ideas, not many errors’ to the level of any, yes, this what professional writing looks like, I am buying’.
One of the problems I have is that the modern style demands the ‘show’ in a very specific way, with new and invisible ways to create and convey the character moods. I am tired to death of the old ways, when everyone uses the same sentences, like ‘he run his hand through his hair/over his face’ to show distress etc. But just pumping sensory information is not enough, the emotional feed needs to be something else... and I need to find it, something I like, something powerful.