7 steps to better editing

Fluff, repetition and poor usage will turn readers off and send them elsewhere for information.

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Note these seven best practices when editing your articles:

1. Listen to your written word.

There is software that can speak your writing. You could also read it aloud or get a friend to read it to you.

I would recommend ReaderPal Lite if you dislike reading out loud or prefer a voice other than your own. This software can help you detect errors and can be used with headphones for greater privacy.

2. Check for repetitive words.

Use a thesaurus to avoid repetition.

When using synonyms, think about your target audience’s reading level to avoid distracting words. Hopefully the message they receive is in the whole of your writing, not just individual words.

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3. Use a dictionary.

Make sure you understand the meaning of the words you use. Look them up to make sure the usage is appropriate.

4. Use active voice instead of passive voice.

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