Self-Editing for Fun, Profit, and Because It Annoys Your Know-It-All Writing Teacher

Speaking of editing your own work, as we were earlier in the week:

How to Be a Better, More Efficient Editor of Your Own Writing by Annie Mueller

You need to edit your work even if you’re working with the world’s best editor. Especially if you’re working with the world’s best editor. Submit your best version?—?proofed and polished?—?and watch as the world’s best editor tears it apart.

Cry softly and tell yourself it’s for love of the craft.

Your editorial process can be simple and quick, but have one. And stick to it….

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11 Tips for Editing Your Own Writing (Plus a Checklist) by Sharia Stewart

Good editing can transform a mediocre piece of content into something great. It’s one of the most important aspects of the writing process, but a surprising number of writers underestimate its value.

The Importance of Self-Editing

Becoming a good editor of your own work takes time and practice, but it’s worth it. You’ll learn how to improve the structure and style of your writing, communicate more clearly and eliminate grammatical errors.

Companies want copy that reflects well on their business, provides value to their readers and drives sales, so well-edited content will also look more attractive to content buyers.

Are you ready to become a better editor? You may not have access to a professional editor, but you can use the following tips to help you edit your own writing more effectively….

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Editing and Proofreading by the writing center at the university of North carolina at chapel hill

This handout provides some tips and strategies for revising your writing. To give you a chance to practice proofreading, we have left seven errors (three spelling errors, two punctuation errors, and two grammatical errors) in the text of this handout. See if you can spot them!

Is editing the same thing as proofreading?

Not exactly. Although many people use the terms interchangeably, editing and proofreading are two different stages of the revision process. Both demand close and careful reading, but they focus on different aspects of the writing and employ different techniques.

Some tips that apply to both editing and proofreading

  • Get some distance from the text!
  • Decide what medium lets you proofread most carefully.
  • Try changing the look of your document.
  • Find a quiet place to work.
  • If possible, do your editing and proofreading in several short blocks of time.
  • If you’re short on time, you may wish to prioritize.

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