The foundation of any great writer is their ability and dedication to proofread every work that they put out into the world.
Though for most writers this is more easily said than done. Check out a few of these handy tips to improve your editing skills.
It’s past midnight and you finally finish writing an article that needs to go out tomorrow.
You are exhausted but you now you aren’t done yet. So you hunker down, grab your favorite red pen, and get ready to edit.
One of the easiest ways to miss small grammatical errors or sloppy sentence structures is by going straight from writing to editing.
You’ve been staring at the same piece for presumably a long amount of time and you have been reading the same words over and over;
your eyes and brain aren’t going to catch the little errors that will seem obvious to you with fresh eyes.
So don’t pull out that red pen yet. Take a walk, take a nap, and step away.
Your article will wait for you and you’ll be able to give it the proper attention once you give yourself a break.
Ask Yourself, Is This Necessary?
Brilliant writers, especially in content marketing, know that concise writing will always trump drawn-out prose.
Being able to provide your readers with a quickly comprehensible piece makes them more likely to finish the entire article and
can help you build a more loyal audience
One of the key traits of a great proofreader is the ability to trim down your writing without ego.
A great proofreader can look at the body of their work and pick out the parts that are absolutely necessary and, more often than not,
their writing is better offf.
So if you find your work is becoming overladen with clever filler sentences then maybe it’s time to start trimming away.
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