Greetings, my dear Stars!
So, I came to the conclusion recently that a lot of people think that when you edit a piece of writing, no matter the purpose, all you do is look out for spelling mistakes. Yes, making sure that your spelling is on point is quite important, but no, you should be doing much more when you edit your posts.
To make your life easier, you should be typing up the draft of your post in a word processing application that you can become easily familiar with, like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Pages… or even any other random website. I know Microsoft Word does cost quite a bit, but Pages is completely free and Google Docs is even better, because all you need is a Google account and those are free and easy to make.
Once you have your draft laid down in your document, you need to make sure that your language settings in your application is correct. The reason for this is because you need to be able to have the correct spelling/punctuation in your final draft before you publish it. For example, because I live in South Africa and we use the British English spelling and punctuation (except for direct speech, but that’s another story), I would need to make sure that my language settings are on British English instead of US English.
Next, locate the tool that lets the computer discover and fix spelling and punctuation errors. See? That step just made your life a whole lot easier. Once you’ve done that and your work is grammatically correct… that is when the more difficult stuff comes in.
Now comes the part where you need to mentally (or physically, if you really want to) tear up your writing. You need to properly read through your draft and ask yourself basic questions insuring that you are on the right track. Use your discretion and better judgement with these, but here are a few questions to get you going.
Is the content relevant to the title? Is the title fit for my content?
Is my writing clear?
Do I have my facts right?
Is my writing honest?
If you’re not 100% happy and/or you still have your doubts, then go through your writing again. See if you can reconstruct any sentences that sound too repetitive, eliminate repetition and unsureness in your writing voice and add in words that will make your writing more interesting. It’s important that your writing isn’t too formal OR too informal – you want to sound as if you are having an easy-going conversation and not just giving people words to read.
When you’ve finished that and proofread your final draft one last time, copy and paste it into your blog.
If you have any questions on how to use Microsoft Word, Pages or Google Docs, then you can comment down below and I’ll make sure to drop you a reply. Additionally, my email inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) is currently open if you need help with your editing.