Chapter 3

Improving Your Work


check Switching to the editor's role

check Reviewing the big picture

check Assessing your writing's readability

check Avoiding pitfalls that undermine clarity and effect

If you expect to create a successful email, letter, or business document in just one shot, think again. Don't ask so much of yourself. Few professional writers can accomplish a finished piece — whether they write novels, plays, articles, websites, or press releases — with their first draft. This especially includes writers known for their simplicity and easy reading.

Editing is how writers write. For them, the writing and editing processes are inseparable because they wouldn't dream of submitting work to anyone that is less than their best. Unfortunately, many people are intimidated by the notion of editing their own work. But equipped with effective methods and techniques, you can edit with confidence.

Mastering hundreds of grammar rules is not necessary to becoming a good editor. Know the clues that reveal where your writing needs work, and you can sharpen what you write so it accomplishes ...

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