Effective editing can be the difference between success and failure. Mistakes are the biggest reasons that readers do not re-visit content from writers. You have one chance to make a first impression. A reader will soon be put off if the post is littered with mistakes.
Every writer has been plagued by a grammar detective. Some mistakes are inevitable, we are only human. However, you should try to adopt a good editing practice.
I have a love/hate relationship with self-editing. When I am nearing the end of a writing session (I never edit while I write) I can’t wait to edit. I am excited to take that mold of text-clay and shape it into something I can be proud of.
When I am through the third revision, hate is the prevailing emotion.
To make editing bearable, interesting, and effective, I have these four techniques I use every time. Techniques that can apply to all forms of writing.
1. Let it Ferment Before Editing
Editing polishes writing into something others want to read. On average it should take as long to edit a post as it does to write it.
I am a firm believer in letting posts sit for a day before I give a final edit and publish, you may feel differently. There have been a few posts that I have written, edited and published in all in one sitting. These tend to be the more personal posts, that I am afraid I will lose my nerve to publish if I leave them.
The process I follow, when editing my articles.
Editing is a difficult part of writing, but an essential one. It is the part of writing I dislike the most.
My advice to writers publishing a large piece of work, such as a novel, is to hire a professional.
Months of working on one piece of work can do strange things to your mind. Words you read are what you think should be there, not what is there. Hiring a second person helps overcome this.
It may cost a little extra, but the gain in the long term with increased sales makes it worth it.
I edited my first children’s book and there are mistakes. I should have hired an editor, but funds were tight. For my second novel, I have learnt from my mistakes. I will be hiring an editor.
To hire an editor for every post you write, would be slow and expensive. For blogging, we need to rely on our skills.
Once you have written your post, let it sit for a day or two.
Here is my five step process.
Effective editing can be the difference between success and failure. Mistakes are the biggest reasons that readers do not re-visiting content from writers.
All of us enjoy the feeling of finally completing the first draft.
However now is when the real work starts. Turning the rough draft into a polished article.
5 Steps to Effective Editing.......
All writers enjoy the feeling of completing their first draft. Now the hard work starts. It is suggested that you leave the novel for a week before commencing editing. This allows the process to be fresh in your mind. 1. Write Your First Draft Through your first draft, write. If you can’t think of a word … Continue reading 5 Steps to Effective Editing