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Write As You Feel… Edit Like A Professional


We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master — Ernest Hemingway

Writing is an art. A piece of imagination that takes a life of its own.

While everyone has the urge to tell the world their stories, some open up the doors of their imagination and decide to write stories that instill hope and wisdom. These people are called ‘writers’.

Though, most writers are born story-tellers, only some are capable of keeping their readers entertained. The reason behind this is not lack of story or imagination, but improper flow of ideas that fail to grab the interest of the readers.

While pen is the weapon of the writers, editing should be their shield. Only the tactical use of both can overwhelm  readers and connect them with what they read.

Before we talk about editing, I would like you to remember these words of Anaïs Nin, an author who made her readers live their fantasies through her writing – “If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it”.

So yes, words are all that we have to express ourselves and we need to choose the best ones to convey every detail in our write-ups. So when you write, simply write. Do not bother about editing, while writing.

If you are writing a piece of non-fiction, first get your facts straight. Nothing irritates readers more than inaccurate facts and false claims. Irrespective of the genre you choose, your write-up should have a proper structure that connects the dots and allows readers to follow the storyline.

Grammatical errors and spelling mistakes are bound to happen, with every piece of draft you create. It is always better to read your write-ups aloud once you finish writing to  identify errors and reframe awkward sentences.

If you have ample time, simply wait and read your write-up a day later. This will help avoid obvious mistakes and will help you attain clarity that is required to edit subtle information with sensitivity.

editing Too much information often distracts the mind. When editing, we all as writers have the urge to add sentences or a few words to best describe a situation, an emotion or to dramatize the content. While our motive is to express our thoughts in great detail, we tend to lose the fact that readers are short on time and are more eager to finish what they have started reading.

Every word that you use should justify its existence. If it doesn’t, then avoid it. Also, avoid using thesaurus for vocabulary. Instead, use words you are familiar with.

Last but not the least, here is a powerful quote stated by Elmore Leonard. He says, “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it”.

While Leonard has many set many rules that are worth being followed, the one above is a MUST follow.

Although most writers are born perfectionist, they are seldom satisfied about their work. Perfection is  elusive, especially when it comes to writing. So avoid being a nagger and publish your work.

Because a published work with imperfections is more valuable than perfect scripts that never take the limelight. So go ahead, experiment and let your creativity flow, while being yourself.

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