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How Do You Edit?

September 10, 2009

We all have our own routines for revising our WIPs. Some prefer the line-by-line method. Others prefer to read it aloud and make necessary corrections. No matter what it is vital to train ourselves to edit/proof properly. Below are some methods to put to practice.

Line-by-Line – this method requires you to examine each individual sentence for errors, sentence structure, etc.

Working with a Partner – some prefer to do this online than in real life.  Working with a partner allows someone, writer or not, with a fresh pair of eyes to catch mistakes you may have missed.

Reading Aloud – reading your text aloud allows you to discover which sentences are crisp and concise versus the ones needing extra attention. This doesn’t require you to read to someone but can be helpful if you did.

Backwards – this method is for proofing purposes only. By reading the document from the end to beginning, you are able to not concentrate on the content and put your focus on spelling errors.It’s never good to  rely on spell check

Combination of the above techniques along with a checklist, should help with your revising abilities. How do you edit?

Andrea apologizes for the repost but is feeling a bit under the weather right now.
  1. September 10, 2009 6:52 pm

    I do a whole mixture, with partners, betas, line by line.

    I really want to try reading aloud though and backwards sounds interesting as I’ve never heard of it.

  2. September 11, 2009 9:14 am

    I normally use my speech synthesizer to read a document out loud and check for errors in grammar, style, etc. I can read braille, but if I read aloud myself I’m too busy concentrating on the reading process to pay attention to errors; Also i read very slowly. 🙂

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