I love editing other people’s writing, and don’t much like editing my own. I learned a lot about the process of it when I did a creative writing module at uni. We’d have to read out something we’d written, and the rest of the class would critique it. It was pretty scary! But this one tip is one of the best methods I use for editing whatever I am working on…
Simply read the words out loud.
When you try that, the awkward sentences suddenly stick out, and because you are forced to read more slowly than usual, any typos, odd phrases or mistakes jump out at you too. Plus any sentences that are too long or convoluted become very obvious – as well as things that just don’t work.
I often found things I wanted to edit in the process of reading out my work to the class, before they even had a chance to rip it to shreds. That didn’t really happen, actually.
So there you are: whether you’re a pro or hardly write at all, reading the words aloud will help you to make your writing great!
Just maybe don’t do it at the top of your voice on the tube.
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