Just thought I would share a bit about editing your own work before sending it off to your editor. Here’s a few simple things that might come in handy in that regard…
- Don’t use overly flowery language. If it can be said simply, then say it simply.
- Reread what you have written.
- While reading, make sure the words you have written actually convey what you really wanted to say.
- Try to be critical of your most overly-impressive sentences, especially during a rewrite. Sometimes, we don’t want to mess with a sentence that we have a special fondness for, even after the story around it has changed to render it superfluous.
- Read what you have written aloud before sending it off.
Okay, folks. I wanted to make this post a short and sweet one. I’m sure many of you just take these points for granted, just as I’m sure that I missed more than one point.
How about you, WG2E peeps? What techniques do you use to check your own writing? This editor has to know…
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