Here are a few professional editing tips to improve your writing. Following these tips can help make your writing a much better read.
One of the best tips to keep in mind is that, more often than not, good writing is good editing. While you might have a great concept to tell, if the writing isn’t clear and definite, then all the mistakes could get in the way of the reader understanding what it is you’re trying to convey.
Good editing is essential for clarity.
To maximize clarity, keep sentences as clean and straightforward as possible. Simplicity makes your writing much clearer for the reader.
Always remember to keep your reader in mind. Remember your target audience as you write, and tailor your writing to their needs.
Constantly ask yourself what your target reader might be thinking and feeling at certain points in your work. Then adjust your writing accordingly.
Editing Tips from a Professional Editor
Delete phrases that are already apparent to the reader. Additionally, avoid over-repetition of words and phrases. Rephrase and use synonyms wherever possible. All this helps make sentences clearer and more concise.
When writing, don’t waste any words. Don’t digress; stick to the central concept, or plot, of your book. Trim excess language and unnecessary passages so your writing isn’t bogged down by inessentials. This will improve the pacing of your work, making it a swifter and clearer read.
Simple basics can also be very useful when it comes to editing, such as using your spelling and grammar check tools. The thesaurus is also an extremely helpful tool, since synonyms can do wonders for writing.
Many online resources can help with grammar and citations, such as the Purdue website:
It can be tough to see your writing from a reader’s perspective, so it’s a good idea to hire a professional editor for honest and constructive feedback.
Not only will a professional editor proofread for grammatical errors and offer feedback, but he or she will also advise you on how to improve your writing in the future. Your professional editor may also offer you publishing advice, helping to give you an extra advantage in a very competitive market.
Plus, hiring a professional editor only costs a few pennies per word, so it is a good idea to have your writing professionally reviewed.
Originally posted 9/30/2010 and happily updated 10/28/2017. Thanks for reading!