It is essential to act to be your editor to see and make a framework that is easier and better for your business and it is always about your customers.
1. Allow or allocate time for the process.
Looking, collecting and creating are parts of the creation process. You keep on writing and realize its deadline and we don’t have time for editing – it is dangerous. You can miss things in editing the flow, the readability, your audience background, spelling, and the style. All of these must be checked and it’s part of the process.
2. Walk away from your work.
This is not literally walking away from it or to stop doing it, but it’s taking time to clear your mind and refresh your feelings to be better and it will make you a good editor. You will look and work on your writing the next time with fresh eyes and in a good mood.
3. Read your work out loud.
You can read what is wrong with your work including the mistakes or errors. Reading and correcting grammatical issues and misspelled words in your content is important. And if you’re comfortable in reading it slowly, read it again – the content, the spelling if you think that will work for you.
4. Use editing tools but know the rules of editing before using them.
Make sure you understand why the grammar or editing tools have pointed out those errors. Don’t depend on them all the time. Know that those programs don’t understand what you are talking about, the feeling, tone and mood of the content. YOU should understand that there should be a fix. If it’s possible for you to take an editing course online, then do so.
5. Go through the client’s guidelines every single time.
We all forget the guidelines most especially if we write for one client and for another one. The guidelines that work for the other client won’t work for the other one. Doing these steps will help you avoid your writing from getting mixed up. Check the client’s guidelines against your work before submitting it.
For Laurie, she just dives on it once or twice, to check the paragraph, transition, grammatical issue, including the spelling to make sure she wrote it well and made great content. She’s not against anti-grammar editing tools. Every busy writer or editor can use them yet she advised not to depend on them all the time.
All of these can guide you to become an editor on your own, so you can create better content in the future. Do you have additional tips to add to the list?