Editing our own writing may not be easy, but it is generally a walk in the park sipping an iced latte compared to the difficulty of editing another person's writing, particularly if that person is a coworker, friend, or relative. Here are six tips to take the sting out of editing other people's writing. 1. Ask the writer what he or she expects from you. Should you offer … [Read more...] about Six Tips for Editing Other People’s Writing
In a perfect world, we would have ample time to formally edit everything we write. From lengthy quarterly reports to casual emails, we would ensure that participles never dangle, metaphors never mix, and all misspellings are instantly vaporized. But, that's not reality--sometimes we just have to get the message out, and fast! So, how do we handle a very short document that … [Read more...] about Editing Tips for Very Short Documents
Have you ever edited your own writing several times, confident that you caught every typo and misplaced punctuation? But then you decide to give the piece one last go-round and you find an obvious error that you missed? I have too. To avoid that frustration, here are my top five tips for editing your own writing. 1. Play the Waiting Game Wait as long as possible between … [Read more...] about Five Tips for Editing Your Own Writing
Editing is a technical process, but it is also an art form (to some of us, at least!) And like most creative endeavors, there is no official rule for how many rounds of editing are enough. This freedom leaves many people wondering when they should put down the red pen or back away from Microsoft Word’s Track Changes. Personally, I edit long documents differently than I do … [Read more...] about How Many Rounds of Editing Are Enough?