Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Self-Editing for Our Best Writing

What you offer on your website will consistently draw readers to your site.  Our goal is to write a strong introduction with clarity, and focused content. To achieve our goal, we must become self-editors and put it into practice. 

Self-editing is tricky because we are familiar with the way we put words together in a sentence, our style. We are in-tuned to our message, and what we want to convey, but we surprise ourselves at times with wonky writing.  The point is to catch, and correct before release.

I have a few tips and resources to offer:
·         If you have a writing partner who edits your writing, even your posts, nurture the relationship.
·         To save time and money, self-edit or have your writing partner edit your work before hiring an editor.
·         I use online editors to help me analyze my pieces.  My favorite is ProWritingAid.  The free version is quite thorough, but a premium version is also available.

o   Copy and paste your piece and click to run an analysis. Follow the comments and choose how you wish to tackle each one.

o   ProWriting Aid:  https://prowritingaid.com/

o   Page Rater is my second go to online: https://www.paperrater.com/free_paper_grader

o   Hemmingway is good for style: http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

o   Grammarly is another option: https://www.grammarly.com/1

o   If you use Microsoft Word, a choice for extensive grammar checking is available via options – proofing – writing style.  Choose grammar & style, and click settings according to your watch-areas from the pull down menu.

Tips for growing a following:
  • Use visuals: many sites such as Pinterest are photograph-driven.
  • Add links to your Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc., pages with a brief intro.
  • Always include subject tags, labels, or categories for easy searching.
  • E-Newsletters and regular posts are an excellent way to promote your work and to recommend the work of others; an important part of book marketing.
I appreciate your feedback.  Please comment below.  Thank you much!  deborah

Deborah Lyn Stanley is a writer, artist, and editor.  She is a retired project manager who now devotes her time to writing, art and caregiving mentally impaired seniors.  Deborah writes articles, essays and stories. She has published a collection of 24 artists’ interviews entitled the Artists Interview Series.  Careful editing preserves the artist’s voice as they share their journey. The series published as monthly articles for an online news network, can also be found on her web-blog: Deborah Lyn Stanley - Writers Blog.  Her “How-To” articles have appeared in magazines.   

“Write your best, in your voice, your way!”


Terry Whalin said...


Thank you for this article and these resources. Well-done and very helpful.


BillieKelpinBlog said...

Deborah, I like your mention of subject tags, labels, and categories. I always forget them when blogging and I know they're important when google robots come looking for content. Thanks for reminding us!

Karen Cioffi said...

Deborah, excellent article. Thanks for the resources. I have to edit my clients' work all the time. These tools will be helpful!

Anne Duguid Knol said...

Thanks, Deborah. Great list :-)

Carolyn Howard-Johnson Shares How to Make Reviews into Marketing Workhorses

  July 5, 2022, #1 How to Make Reviews into Marketing Workhorses By Carolyn Howard-Johnson This is the first of a series of guest posts for ...