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To my fellow Copywriters or anyone who wants to earn money writing content.
Editing is an art, but are your editing habits effective? Check this list to make sure you are using techniques that make the most of your time.
Post by Debbie L. Belair
First, don't edit as you write your first draft. Just get your ideas down quickly, then take a break, a day or two if you can. Stephen King advises this in his book "On Writing"
Outline all your points, and then arrange them in categories that are related to each other. This will save you a lot of time later, and you won't be so overwhelmed at the beginning.
Above all, be clear about your topic, and stick to one big idea.
Are you using complicated language and acronyms that the average reader doesn't understand?
Are their parts of your copy that are rambling?
Are there words that you can cut out? If words don't add to the meaning of the sentence they can be cut out to make your writing more concise.
Are your sentences and paragraphs too long? Short and concise makes for a better read.
Are all your points relevant to the main idea? Is each point worth its space on the page?
Is all the information accurate. Make sure dates and names are accurate and spelled correctly.
Have you used transition sentences between paragraphs? This makes the writing flow into each new though.
Too many capital letters get in the way. Make sure you capitalize in a consistent style. Actually there is no right or wrong way, it's a matter of style.
Check to make sure there is no awkward wording that readers can trip over. Read your final draft aloud.
Does the article sound complete? Add in necessary information to make your points stronger.
If you are like me and you don't have other people to read your work, you can get a text to speech reader to do it for you.
These are the basic editing techniques that I have been taught by Shani Raja, a journalist with the New York Times. Print this out and keep it by your desk as a reminder shee
Read my post on how you can learn new writing habits.
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