Editing writing is an important part of producing a quality manuscript.
When you edit writing it allows you to present your best work to the public. You may also be asked to edit the work of another writer. Writing editing jobs are often available for freelancers online.
What are the things you should look for in your own writing or the work of another writer, during the process of editing? What tools can help you to be a better editor?
Words are sometimes used incorrectly in writing. A dictionary is a helpful tool when you are doing editing. Checking words you are not certain of in an online dictionary, or traditional paperback dictionary will help you to ensure that the words in the written work are being used in their correct context.
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A thesaurus is also a helpful tool for editing writing. A thesaurus will quickly provide synonyms and alternative phrases, if you find that the text seems repetitive, or a particular word being used in the text does not fully describe what the writer needs, as well as another word or phrase would.
Make an additional copy of the work that you will use solely for the purpose of editing. This way, you can freely mark corrections. You can also freely remove content and introduce alternatives to sentences or paragraph structure in the writing.
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When you edit writing, check the writing for errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, you can always hire a copy editor or proofreader to do it.
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Remember the target audience. Check the writing for words and phrases that don’t suit the target audience. During manuscript proofreading you should replace these words with appropriate keywords and jargon. Also check for words and phrases which may be confusing to the reader.
When you are editing writing you should check the work for clarity. If there is any way to improve clarity or improve the reading experience, make the changes.
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