After you finish writing, what’s next?
Editing of course! For most of us it is among the least enjoyable part of writing but without it, well our work could be near unbearable.
I will admit I am not the best at editing. But thankfully, there are multiple ways to go about it. For today’s post, I wanted to discuss three editing methods to ensure your work is the best it can be.
Online Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation Scanner
I’m guilty here of using this method. In fact, I will be using this method the moment I have finished writing this post.
Personally, these types of sites are handy when you just want to focus on checking your grammar, spelling, and punctuation. There are many out there that a free to use and then there are the ones you must pay for.
Whether you take the advice of the scanner or not (for whatever reason you may have), there is no way to deny how useful these sites can be.
Going to an Editor
Having someone who is experienced at editing written work looking at your work is definitely beneficial.
Not only do you have someone who knows what they are doing and looking for examining your work for you, but you also have a fresh pair of eyes reading your work for the first time. The feedback they provide will help you to not only improve your spelling and punctuation but also how to improve your writing.
For instance, you might think this complex compound sentence makes complete sense to you but your editor may not be able to comprehend it the way you did. Therefore, your reader may not be able to either.
Obtaining an Editing Checklist
If you don’t plan on paying an editor to comb your work, then chances are you need to do it yourself.
There are multiple helpful editing checklists available online, or you could craft one yourself. Essentially, this is a list of things you need to keep an eye out for when reading your work so you can fix it accordingly.
Ideally, if you are creating your own then research what it is that editors look for and take it from there.
And that’s it for this week. As always, please feel free to comment your opinions and thoughts down below. And why not follow my blog and Twitter too?
Thank you for reading.