My overall goal with this blog is to encourage writing, give tips and hints to help writers improve their skill and add to the success of fellow writers. Ongoing contact with my writing students, current and former, has benefited my own writing to a large degree and I want to share what I've learned. Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
My Top Five Editing Tips
In my e-book, Writing for Publication, I list my top five editing tips. If you have not read the book and you want to earn money writing, read the book today. It's available on Amazon, here, and on Fiverr, here.
Editing is vital to writing success, but I do understand that not everyone can afford to hire an editor; some have to edit their own work. I never recommend this, but I know finances require it at times.
Here are my top five editing tips:
Get rid of "that" whenever you can
Use both "very" and "really" in a very limited way. Really.
Be careful of repetition. Don't repeat yourself repeatedly.
Keep your tense consistent.
Don't start a sentence or paragraph in past tense,
then time travel to the present tense by the end.
Do not write the same way you talk.
These tips will help you a great deal. Memorize them and learn to mentally use them as you write or as you review your writing. I tend to edit myself while I write, but I always edit twice before submitting anything I write to anyone, whether it's a blog post, a social media update or an email.