Tuesday, July 28, 2015

On Editing & Revising: Read Your Work Backwards

Yes, you read the title correctly: Read your work backwards. Start with the last sentence and then your next to last sentence. This editing and revising trick will allow you to focus on the punctuation and grammar, rather than the content.

Anything you can do to slow down your re-reading of a draft will help you to better edit and revise your work. Read your work aloud, too, as you read your manuscript backwards. We all tend to skim a bit when we read and reading aloud doesn't allow you to do that. If you stumble as you read, look closely at your syntax, word choice, grammar and punctuation. Maybe you simply stumbled or maybe something in your sentence is unclear.

You might also be interested in reading posts about strong verbs and editing vs. revising

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