Many bloggers have fantastic ideas for article writing. Most of those have great knowledge to impart and a large number of them are extremely skilled and knowledgeable in their chosen niche. The thing that lets them down badly is their inability to edit. Great writers are not always good editors. I can vouch for this because I edited a very prestigious magazine for 2 years. This is why I’ve put together 3 short, snappy ways to edit your articles and give yourself and your work that extra polish it deserves. Remember that mistakes can turn your reader off and can sometimes put them off you permanently.
I can vouch for this because I edited a very prestigious magazine for 2 years. This is why I’ve put together 3 short, snappy ways to edit your articles and give yourself and your work that extra polish it deserves. Remember that mistakes can turn your reader off and can sometimes put them off you permanently.
Editing Tip 1: Don’t create your article online
I know, it’s very tempting and seems easier to just create your article online. You’re doing yourself and your work a disservice. Think about this: how long would it take you to copy your article from a Word (or equivalent) document and paste it into your blog? You see, for the second it takes you to do so, the payback is 100-fold in your favour. Creating your article in Word (take this to mean Word, text doc or equivalent) helps you in the following ways:
Your writing does not sound immature because you can use the synonym tool to find alternative words to express yourself.
Spelling and grammar are taken care of to a point. You still have to make sure you’re not substituting homonyms like aloud for allowed, but for the most part, if you have bad grammar or a poorly constructed sentence, it will be automatically underlined for you.
Editing Tip 2: Never edit an article without first letting it ‘sit’
When you first write an article you know exactly what you want to say and the manner in which it should be expressed. All this is still fresh in your mind, so when you re-read the article 5 minutes after you’ve written it your mind plays tricks on you. You see what you think is there, rather than what is actually there.
It’s strongly recommended that you leave an article ‘to sit’ for at least an hour after writing before you attempt to edit it. My advice is that if you have 5 articles to write, work on all (or most) of them before you come back to the first one to attempt editing. This way you’ll have given yourself a chance to forget what was there and look at the words with a more critical eye.
Editing Tip 3: Edit from anywhere but the top
Again, this is a trick a lot of editors use, especially when they have to edit their own work. Start your editing from the middle of the article, the end paragraph, etc. This forces the mind to look at the work as a new piece of writing. You’ll always be reading words into the article that aren’t there, only because you meant to put them there. This editing trick makes sure you don’t do that. You’ll be able to pick out all the ‘it’s’ you wrote instead of ‘its’. You’ll see ‘place’ where you meant to say ‘palace’ and so on.
Editing your own work is never an easy thing to do. However, with more and more of us writing and blogging on the Internet, this becomes a necessary skill to develop if you want to succeed online. If you’ve just started out, you obviously can’t afford an editor. So until you can, give yourself the best possible advantage over other online writers.
James is a freelance writer who focuses on creating quality articles for payday loans online, a site that offers cometitive APR