11 editing tips from a professional

At the ACES conference, one session had many editing tips for editors and writers. Here are some:

  • Check all quotations (to see if it is a verified source)
  • Don’t ignore your inner voice (when it says something’s wrong)
  • Omit needless words
  • Favor active voice (because we need passive voice sometimes)
  • Edit out loud
  • Advice is not an edict
  • Give your eyes a rest sometimes
  • Fix sentence if you have to read it more than once (to understand it)
  • Be wary of absolutes (ex: never, always, every, nobody)
  • Read backward
  • Never stop paying attention (because you’ll miss mistakes when you’re comfortable)

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