Creating shareable content is no easy task. Especially if you want to look like an authoritative figure in your industry. People neglect the editing process which is where all the important things take place. Chances of having a dedicated editor are slim therefore you will have to learn how to do it yourself.
Below are some of the copy-editing tips I use when editing my articles.
Include Relevant Information
Before you start editing, you should write relevant content that your readers will find useful. Improve your reader’s life with your content. Make them happy that they took a few minutes out of their busy schedules to read your content. It could be something funny, educational, how-to tips or even something inspirational.
Step Away From Your Content For Some Time
When I am writing, sometimes I get exhausted from looking at a bunch of words on my laptop for a prolonged time. My brain stops functioning. I can’t figure out what the next line will be. Then I start fidgeting. I always know it is time for a break. This break takes my mind off what I was writing and gives me fresh ideas once I come back.
Same applies to editing. Staring at your work for prolonged hours can make it seem perfect. After all, you’re the one who wrote it. What would make it suck? Unless you have a pressing deadline, take a break and come back at a later time to continue working.
Read Your Article Aloud
Hearing yourself read your work will help you decide if a sentence makes sense or it needs more work. Add side notes to your article and then make edits where necessary later.
Pay Attention To Every Detail
Typos and grammar mistakes will make your writing weak. You’ll look like a joker who can’t spare some time to carefully proofread your work. Looking for the quickest way to bore your readers, write long sentences. Do you use passive or active voice when you write? How are you using punctuation marks? All these small details are the difference between good and bad content.
Don’t Make Your Reader Have Questions
If your piece is not understandable, your readers will be left asking themselves questions, trying to figure out what you meant. Or maybe your vocabulary isn’t as easy as it looks. If they have to reach for a dictionary, chances of them sharing your article are close to nil.
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