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.
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