A good editor is like a diamond cutter – someone who can make the copy shine brighter. Editing is a vital skill for all writers. A good writer who doesn't know how to edit their own work is like a carpenter who doesn't know how to use sandpaper. The result can be content that is functional but with rough edges that take away from the experience.
Writers need to learn how to comb through their first draft with a fine eye – to sharpen and uplift it while retaining essence and individuality. Here are some tips to help you do just that:
In this order. First, write to your heart's content. Once you're done, step away from the piece for a while. Come back and read through the entire copy. Fix any flow or structuring issues. Once the structure is right, then start editing the piece.
Well, almost so. One of the jobs of an editor is to check for grammatical mistakes such as syntax, punctuation, capital letters, italics, tenses, etc. Spelling errors are an absolute no-no. Once you've finished checking the entire document, check again!
Avoid unnecessary and difficult words. Be ruthless while deleting words that are not required and use simple language to hold your reader's attention with a crisp and clear message.
A good editor can strike the perfect balance between keeping the piece crisp and yet interesting by recognising which details are important to retain. Sometimes descriptions are necessary to explain a situation. But too much of detail can take away from the key message.
Editing can be a tedious and time-consuming task so it's a good idea to create a checklist detailing all the aspects that you need to go over. This can help you to get it right every time.
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