by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Blogging, Communication, Make It Happen TipsheetTagged as: Copywriting, Editing
When you read a book or newspaper article, do you think that the writer got it “perfect” on the very first draft? Or do you think that an editor (or two) may have made a few changes, prior to publication?
Yet, too ofen when we ourselves write a memo, report, or presentation outline, we are so rushed that we write, send, and every so often, regret it.
For most people, editing is a skill learned in grade school, and rarely does the skill move beyond this level. Thankfully, with a few simple guidelines we can self-edit, and with practice, get many of the benefits of a professional editor. After you have completed your first draft, put it aside for a period of time, and then begin the editing process:
Particularly for blog writers, the simplicity of posting ideas sometimes means that editing is conveniently forgotten. Unfortunately, when this happens, your poor communication skills are open for all to see, forever: your clients, colleagues, prospects, recruiters – everybody.
Improve the effectiveness of your writing – and others’ perceptions of you – by being an editor, not just a writer. At the minimum, review each of your emails and blog postings, before you press “send”; the more you edit, the quicker the editor you will become. And remember: some editing is better than none.
Bonus point: Did you catch the editing error in this post? (In the 4th bullet, after the colon, the word Watch is capitalized. For consistency, it shouldn’t be.)
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