No content is pushed out to readers without getting reviewed by an editor. Good editing not only corrects the mistakes in the content but can also shape it into a much better piece. It is an essential step in the writing process that every writer needs to understand. While one can hire an editor for the editing role, they can also self-edit the content without a sweat. With a little practice, you can improve the structure and style of how you write. These tips will help you to effectively edit your own content.
Complete the writing first
Do not indulge in editing while you are writing down your article or story. Keep editing for later when you complete your writing. It is not a good idea to edit the sentences while you write them. It will slow down your writing and also distract you from your thoughts.
Check for spelling mistakes first
Before you start editing your content, do a quick spell check to make sure that there are no spelling mistakes in the content. This will eliminate one major flaw in your content that can go unnoticed if you perform all editing checks at once.
Take a break
Once you have a complete written content, you should take a break from it and not indulge in editing right away. This will provide you with a fresh look at your content when you come back. Many self editors take whole daybreak so they can forget about what they have written. This gives them a completely new piece to edit when they come back.
Use a new format
Convert your writing into different formats with fonts, colour, and size. Switch to a PDF format if necessary. It will provide you with a different look at your content. You can use bigger fonts to catch the mistakes more easily.
Eliminate uncertain language
If you use any uncertain sentences in your writing, it can weaken your message as the reader will not feel confident about your points if you use words like ‘maybe’, ‘seems to be’, or ‘could be’. Have authority over your writing to be able to communicate your idea better to the readers.
Avoid repeating phrases
Try to use as less repetitive phrases as you can. The readers can easily notice the repetitive sentences, and it will distract them from the rest of the body of content. They will get bothered by the repeating sentences every time they read one, which will decrease the value of your content. Use synonyms whenever needed.
Check for the sections which feel like they are unnecessarily occupying space in the content. If they are not necessary, you can think of removing or replacing them. This is called macro editing. Before you polish every sentence, look our for the paragraphs which do not hold much value to your content and removing them will not affect your message. Mirco editing is to consider every word and sentence in the content and check for grammar, verb, object construction, and active voice.