Re: How do you edit your own writing?

Subject: Re: How do you edit your own writing?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 15:14:14 -0800

Sanjay Srikonda wrote:
> I have a question for the TWs out there who are also tasked with editing
> their own writing. I've attempted to pass what I write by SMEs and the like
> to at least to have a second set of eyes, but oftentimes, beyond the
> technical corrections, I don't often get any feedback into the style or
> grammar, even spelling (homonym use).
> Does anyone have any good techniques for editing your own work?

1. Leave it for a day or more. If you can't do that, take a break
before editing it.

2. View it in a different way. Print it out if it's on screen, print
it in a different font if you're alread using hardcopy.

3. Use a ruler to go over everything line by line.

4. Read paragraph by paragraph from the end.

5. Read paragraphs randomly (and check them off as you read them).

6. Keep a list of your common errors. Read through once for each

7. Read out loud to get a different perspective.

8. Role-play, pretending you're a reader who has never seen the work
before - preferably a reader who is not very knowledgable and not
very smart.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com
Director of Marketing and Communications, Progeny Linux Systems
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux

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