Efficient Editing

Editing is a skill. Anyone can hack away at a piece of writing to cut it down to size, but editing it properly will make all the difference. All to often, people cut from the bottom. It’s quick to do, and if the piece has been written well, it shouldn’t affect the flow. But reading the piece as a whole, there should be plenty of opportunities to edit throughout without taking out large chunks at the end. it’s easy to repeat yourself in articles, so look for areas of repetition or unnecessary explanation. Not only does this slow things down. it also makes it far more likely that your reader is going to get bored. Big, fancy words are also to be avoided. You might think it shows off skill, but in reality it will do nothing for the flow of the piece. If it can be explained in a simple and effective way, don’t try to complicated it just for the sake of it. It’s also easy to overstate the obvious. ‘She was reading a book quietly in the library’ make sense. But then most people ready quietly in a library, so the extra word just isn’t needed. Look for areas within the piece which don’t add anything new or essential, and think about taking them out. Would it read better without it? Always try to cut and not add when editing. Looking at a piece of writing as a whole will help you edit efficiently and give you a well-rounded piece which is easy to read and understand.

Stop Procrastinating & Start Writing

If you’ve been given the job of updating the company blog or newsletter even just knowing where to start can feel intimidating. We are all experts at putting things off. When a task looms large in our heads, it can sometimes feel easier to just ignore it and do something easier instead. All writers procrastinate. […]

How to Write Headlines

A quick heads up on why the words at the top matter. Headline writing is a true art form. Armed with just a few well chosen words you can convey a great deal within a matter of seconds. It’s no surprise then that with so much riding on headlines a lot of thought goes into their […]

My Top Writing Hates

Writing for a living can be very rewarding. Every day you create something new; bringing new ideas to life. But EVERYONE has little bugbears about their profession and writing is no exception. Now it goes without saying that I love what I do… but every so often I feel the need to count to ten. […]