I am an author as well as publisher. As an independent publisher I make sure sure that I edit my works properly before publishing.
No matter the category of your audience, a good work could be marred by unedited work full of errors. It will reduce the quality of your readership and you may not get the desired credit.
In this article, I will explain five easy methods of editing your writing.
1. Replace pronouns
When a vague word stands in for a larger concept, make sure to clarify your point and ensure that readers don't get lost. You can use pronouns like "it," "this," and "that." You can also expand on common verbs that don't hold much weight, such as "is" and "should."
2. Access the space
On one read, you will want to take a look at the micro level: punctuation, spelling, and word choice. While that's necessary to ensure clean copy, it's not how anyone else is going to read your writing. It also helps to review how the main ideas can be supported by formatting. Adding line breaks between paragraphs or between items on a list can make your writing more inviting. If there is a must read sentence, allow it to break free from a paragraph and call attention on a single line instead.
3. Use fancy sentences for creative writing
I make use of this in most of my writings. Aside from engaging my audience, well crafted sentences might make you sound poetic, but when in doubt, choose the simplest option. Short sentences are easier for your audience to read. And no-nonsense writing is easier to edit. Look for sentences that have a lot of commas or take up multiple lines.
4. Read it aloud
This is the best way to catch missing, extra, and misspelled words that our brains easily skip past. This is an old school editing trick, so chances are most people will catch on to what you are doing.
5. Know when to ask for help - and what help to ask for
Worried that a sentence might be tangled or otherwise confusing? If you are having a hard time fleshing out ideas, chances are you are having a hard time articulating them too. Feeling uncertain about phrasing is a common hurdle when communicating innovative concepts. And that gut feeling is a sign that involving a second person will be the quickest path forward to your final draft. Luckily, overcoming this stage in the creative process doesn't require a lot of time.
Pinpoint two to three areas that you are tripping over, and then reach out for help. It's faster to call in that favour than to have a friend or colleague read the whole thing.
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