Monday, November 5, 2012
Editing With Style
a) Do you revise as you go?
b) Let the words fly and edit later?
c) Employ a mix of both a and b?
My style is a definite c, as my inner editor never shuts up. It's been a road of ups and downs, but I've learned to reign in little miss mouthy editor for a pretty happy balance.
I'm curious about your editing process. What tricks help you jump the hurdles? Aside from Spell Check, what essentials do you use before hitting send?
I use a combo and I...
1) Allow myself to write badly. I'm not good at this naturally, as the inner editor combined with perfectionist tendencies wants to get everything right the first time. However, I've learned that it's okay to crank out less than perfect stuff at first.
2) Print it. There's something different about reading words on a screen versus words on a printed page.
3) Let it rest. Stepping away for a few hours to a few days offers a fresh perspective.
4) Read it backwards. Don't do this often, but once in a while it helps
5) Get an outside opinion. Sending it off to a fellow writer offers benefits galore.
6) Read it aloud. Then read it aloud again. Slowly. The ear is a great editor, catching typos and rough spots the eyes miss.
Simple stuff, right? But good tools to polish and perfect, I'm thinking.
While we're on the subject, I thought this article, 4 Ways to Revise as You Write offered interesting editing alternatives. See if you agree.
So what's your editing style? Do you have any tips to share? What are you editing these days?
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