Showcase Sunday: Tommy Ueland – How to Self Edit: My 4 Go-To Techniques

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 

How to Use 5 Steps to Edit Effectively and Quickly

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.

How to Edit Effectively and Quickly

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.