Re: How do you edit your own writing?

Subject: Re: How do you edit your own writing?
From: Peter <pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 06:55:56 -0500


> 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
> error.
>
> 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.
>

To which i would add, run the document through a text to speech reader.
Of course one must be careful not to fall asleep during playback.


--
Peter

Arguing with an engineer is like mud wrestling with a pig
you soon realize they both like it
mailto:peternew -at- home -dot- com

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