Monday, June 11, 2012

Revise, Revise and Revise Some More

A huge part of writing is revising. This is especially true when it comes to longer, more in-depth pieces, such as lengthy magazine articles, short stories and books. Every writer needs an editor to help her develop the flow, point out parts that don’t make sense and simply correct grammatical errors or typos.

But before you ask a trusted colleague to read your piece or hire a professional editor, make sure you’ve done a complete self edit. First, give your work some room to breathe. Set it aside for a day or even two and then come back to it with fresh eyes. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to find the problem areas.

Go through the piece carefully, looking for extraneous or overused words along with trite phrases or clich├ęs.

Here’s a great article from The Writer magazine with seven editing questions to ask yourself as you review your piece. One great tip is to read your work aloud. It helps you discover awkward sentences or cumbersome phrasing.

What are your tried-and-true editing tips and techniques? 

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