Whether you’re writing a company blog, a university essay, or your first novel, editing is essential. We all know the old adage, “write drunk, edit sober”, but that’s not always a viable option. You don’t want your editing process to be longer than it took you to write your project.
However, being thorough is important, especially if it’s your final draft. With a little planning and the right tools, editing can be performed methodically. We’re here to help by presenting some useful tips you can use to streamline your content review.
Streamline Your Editing Process
Before using the following tips, there are general writing rules to follow to help ease the editing process. Start by setting your document format in order to avoid making structural changes across the entire project. As you write, your content should be clear and concise by using a Show, don’t tell approach. If no actions are occurring, you don’t have to tell the reader that nothing is happening. By avoiding these types of redundant statements and preparing your document before writing, you’ll have less things to edit overall.
Take a break before editing
After completing your document draft, don’t dive right into the editing process. Step away from your work and think about it critically. Review your original outline and see if you missed anything. Have someone else read your work, not to edit it, but to provide constructive feedback. Then, read it out loud, no matter how long it is, because you’ll hear mistakes you wouldn’t otherwise.
Remove repetitive and redundant words
We all have different quirks when we write. A typical writing tick is using the same common words to describe or compare things. They act like a literary crutch, and most people don’t realize how dependent they are on these words. Similarly, the overuse of adjectives and adverbs to describe the fantastical to the mundane needs to stop. Take the time to find and replace your most repeated and ancillary words with something more clear and concise.
Fix structural issues as you go
Be aware of your double spaces and remove them before continuing. Remove any stylized punctuation, like ellipses, because they are never correctly used. Don’t over edit by using fancy vocabulary. Only use complex words for critical statements, because if you emphasize everything, then nothing is truly important. Once you start editing, do it in sections, typos first, then structure, narrative, pacing, and so on.
Dedicated Editing Software
Running built-in spell check or using software like Grammarly is a fast way to make simple edits to your project. However, creating your content on a flexible platform, such as WriteWay, can alleviate any editing issues before they happen. The Drag and Drop card system makes it easy to separate content in sections for easy editing. As changes are made, Editable Dynamic Outlines update in real-time. Once the editing is complete, Click & Apply Smart Templates will automatically format your document.
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