Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Most of my writing tips will be on small mechanical things, like eliminating passive voice or editing for wordiness. However, the key to being a good editor is to be able to recognize these small mechanical mistakes. For example, once one finds a passive construction, it is usually easy to eliminate it. In college, most of us were taught to skim the material. While this might be a good technique for reading a lot of material quickly, it is not conducive to good writing. A good writer reads slowly when editing, looking at every word and even every letter and punctuation mark. One way to develop this method of reading is to read your writing out loud and listen carefully. This technique also helps make writing sound natural, rather than mechanical.