10 Useful Perfection Receptions for Your Writing Draft
‘Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear’, – these words of Patricia Fuller clearly determine the importance of editing and proofreading. Young authors tend to rely on themselves and their talent, making the same mistake of avoiding revision. Some of them even believe that revision can spoil the original idea and turn their writing from a masterpiece into an ash. However, professional writers consider editing the same important than the writing itself.
The best editor of a writing draft is the writer himself although he must be able to view on his paper from the critical perspective. Even if you are not sure that you can criticize your own writing, you still can enhance you writing
with 10 useful tips on editing. Learn to cut back and rewrite your work, and keep working on your paper until it is published!
1. Give yourself sometime
Revision is a process that requires a clear mind and unprejudiced attitude. If you have just written a paper, editing will not be effective. You need to give yourself at least a couple of days. It is better to forget about this paper for 2 weeks. This time is enough to become less prejudiced to your writing and be able to criticize it.
2. Look bigger
Editing your paper, you frequently turn your attention to the details. Of course, the devil is in details, but when the general idea is diminished, the details do not matter. As Stephen Kings once told, ‘When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest’.
3. Check the title
Inexperienced writers frequently give the name to their papers before they write them. If you cannot give up this habit, revise the title of your paper after it has been written.
4. Check the topic
Do not forget that all your thoughts should be united by one topic especially if you are working on the academic writings. Belles-lettres writers have more space for working with a topic, but in academy writing the rules are quite strict.
5. Check the thesis
When you write a paper in high gear, sometimes you forget about your thesis. It changes from paragraph to paragraph and creates a mess of thoughts and ideas. This change of the thesis spoils the impression from your paper, so make sure to check it.
6. Look at the introduction and the conclusion
Another problem of writing in one breath is a contradiction in the introductory part and the conclusion. You start with one thing and end up with another. Your arguments should always support your idea and lead to the proper conclusions.
7. Proportions do matter
Again, for an academic paper
, the proportions have a huge importance. However, for fiction writing, they are also important. If your introduction is too long, no one wants to keep reading it. Make sure that introductory part and the conclusion are smaller than the main body.
8. Coherence is the must
Incoherent writing works only in belles-lettres. Moreover, not everyone appreciate incoherencies even in fiction. Check the logic of your paper. If you notice some impossible things and things that do not suit the general idea, cut them out.
9. Review your arguments
The power of your arguments determines the quality of your paper. If your arguments are not strong enough, the paper is weak and it will never become a work you can be proud. When you revise your paper, check the arguments you have used. If you feel the slightest doubts, change the argument. Keep revising your paper until you are absolutely satisfied with all arguments.
10. Get rid of words
Each word used in your writing should carry some sense. Do hesitate to remove meaningless words or change them with other words. The same is with sentences and even paragraph – if they carry no meaning, cut them off.
Editing a writing draft is a long and challenging road. Each step is difficult, but each step brings you closer to your dream. Keep going, and remember the words of C.K. Webb: ‘Edit your manuscript until your fingers bleed and you have memorized every last word. Then, when you are certain you are on the verge of insanity…edit one more time!’
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