Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sharpen Your Writing Skills With These Editing Tips

Writing seems to be a dying art these, especially among the younger generation.  Part of this problem is that people don't understand how to edit what they've written .  We think that great writing comes easy and with little thought, but the reality is very different.

Just looking at past writer's you know that they took the time to write.  Sometimes taking weeks or months or even years to get it just right.  Fortunately editing on digital media is the way forward.

Checking your work thoroughly seems to have been put on the back burner for many.  Really good editing improves the simplicity and effectiveness of a piece.  Here are some simple tips to make your writing more persuasive:

✦Recite your writing back to yourself.  This will help you identify any awkward or out of  place paragraphs or words.

Read your work back to yourself.  This will stop your brain filling in what it expects to see.

✦Look with fresh eyes.  In other words leave well alone after you've written your draft, at least one evening and come back to it fresh the next day.

Don't make it too wordy.  You shouldn't be adding words, but rather removing them.  Pithy is more powerful than long winded.

All words and phrases should add value to your piece.  If not got rid of them.

Don't use academic language as a model. In other words keep it simple and write like a journalist.

Throw out endless repetition.  Say what you want to say clearly and leave it at that.

Get rid of unnecessary adverbs.  Use "he ran" instead of the superfluous "he ran quickly".

It takes time to be a really good editor of your own work.  In the end your writing will be more effective, alive and more readable, that's the most important thing for you to remember.