Editing is Everything!
Oh, yes, we’ve all been there. We spend days writing a piece that we consider beautiful, poignant or even witty, only to have someone confront us with the insanely feared “this needs editing” phrase!
If you believe that great writers put their fingers on the keyboard and beautifully – crafted sentences just flow onto the screen, then you’re wrong! All of the world’s famous writers write clumsy and weak first drafts. This shouldn’t come as a surprise really, because the secret lies in the editing process. We all have bad habits that can be easily corrected once we understand them, and this article contains two very important tips that can make a world of difference to your writing.
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” – Dr. Seuss.
Unnecessary filler words and phrases such as actually, really, little, etc. can clutter up and weaken your writing, but they’re easy to cut when you know what you’re looking for. Banish these words and don’t use them, ever!
Another thing to avoid is the use of weak verbs and adjectives. Use strong and straightforward words instead for greater impact. For instance, simply replacing very big with huge will make your piece stronger and more cohesive, so do not be afraid to simplify!
Good editing, like good writing, needs practice. You first add flesh to the bones of your idea, and then you dress it up and style it however you’d like. C.J. Cherryh was right when he said: “It is perfectly okay to write garbage, as long as you edit brilliantly.” because you are going to be surprised how good and different your work will turn out to be after editing!