3 Useful Tips On Being A Ruthless Self-Editor

The art of editing is equal to the art of writing.  The two are married together for life and it is your job as writer to get them to be in harmony as often as possible.  There are times when the writer in you will love a particular sentence or paragraph you have written but […]
The art of editing is equal to the art of writing.  The two are married together for life and it is your job as writer to get them to be in harmony as often as possible.  There are times when the writer in you will love a particular sentence or paragraph you have written but the editor in you will know it’s rubbish and needs to be removed.
So, how do you make the writer and editor in you play nice?  Lyghtly is providing you with three useful tips to help you keep inner peace.

Tip #1 – HONESTY

As an editor, you need to leave the writer at home and focus on the analytical aspect of the content.  You are checking for errors, comprehension, clarity and you must be willing to slice and dice your writing when it’s not doing its job as good as you wish. You need to be honest with your writing.  If something just isn’t getting over the fence, there are times when you simply have to cut it out.  Be honest in your editing because it will bring about greater truth in your writing.

TIP #2 – BRAVERY

It’s no easy task to kill your writing darlings as they say.  You cannot fall in love with your material but instead must look at it with a cool objective eye.  Leaving the emotion out of it, you will be able to see your writing’s flaws and taking greater steps at enhancing the work on hand. It takes courage to leave things out.  It takes courage to be analytical.  The benefits to your writing by having such bravery will speak for themselves in your work.

TIP #3 – LOYALTY

The more honest you are and brave you are in your work as an editor, the more loyal you are to yourself as a writer.  The editor in you wants the writer in you to be great.  The more leverage the writer in you gives the editor in you, the more strength and freedom you will have in your writing overall. Trust your inner editor so that your inner writer can reach new heights.
Remember, good editing leads to better writing.
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