How many times have you been giving an important presentation and seen glaring errors on the big screen that you swear weren’t there before? Or read one of your emails and cringed because you didn’t give it a once-over before sending? Here, guest blogger (and veteran copywriter) Dan O’Sullivan gives us a few tips on self-editing.
Like it or not, most of us have to spend at least part of our workday writing. You may be carefully crafting a presentation you’ve been asked to give or just dashing off a few emails over morning coffee.
If whatever it is you’re writing is important — and you don’t have the luxury of an editor watching your back — then you have to spend some time self-editing.
“But I’m not an editor,” I can hear you whine. “I hated English in high school, and I majored in biology in college,” you mutter as the sweat begins dripping down your brow. “If it involves anything more than running Spellcheck, I don’t think I can take it!” you scream.
It’s okay. Relax. You may never be a professional-level editor, but you can at least do a pretty good job. Start by following these five tips. And while you’re at it, always take a few minutes to read your writing aloud. That step alone will help you catch the most embarrassing errors. (more…)