How to Edit

  • Ratna Tantra


If you want to become a good writer, then you must be able to edit; this chapter thus follows on from the last chapter that teaches you how to write your first draft. Here, I will show you how can edit your first draft in order to come up with a polished, final version. A key step before proceeding with the editing process is to allow your first draft to marinate, i.e. leaving it alone for at least a week. This marinating stage is crucial, to allow you to edit with a fresh pair of eyes. I will give you practical guidelines on how you can make the relevant changes to your first draft, in order to come up with your final version. In order to do this effectively, you will need to edit for:
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    Structure and content

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    Style and readability

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    Spelling and grammar


As with the writing process, you will need to be flexible in your approach and come up with an editing routine that works for you. Finally, I will give you tips on what to do, should you ever need to edit other people’s work, which can be considerably more challenging than editing your own.


Edit Grammar Structure Content Style Readability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ratna Tantra
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  1. 1.PortsmouthUK

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