Editing Tips For All Writers
Regardless of our writing paths, it is important to edit what we write. I have discovered that my rough drafts of anything are usually nothing to brag about. However, after I edit and re-write the piece, it is more polished and makes for a better read. I found the following article helpful.
Teachers, business people, and just about everyone else it seems complain often and loudly that people today (usually “kids today”) don’t know how to write. I’m convinced, though, that a big part of the problem (perhaps the biggest part of the problem) is that people don’t know how to edit. We labor under the notion that good writing flows easily from the pen or typing fingers, and that editing too much will “kill” our work.
The best writers know differently, of course — their memoirs and biographies and writing manuals are filled with stories of books that needed to be cut in half to be readable, sentences that took weeks or months to get just right, and lifetimes spent tinkering with a single work that never strikes them as “just right”. To paraphrase a common saying among writers, there is no good writing, only good re-writing. Click here to read more.
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