Your initial draft is always an upheaval of thoughts and lines and so it is always a must to edit your material.
In an ideal world, you’d have a professional editor who will stand as your homework doer in making necessary adjustments and double-checking until your article is great, polished and reads smoothly.
In the real world, chances are you cannot afford an expert’s help so you end up doing things on your own. If so, don’t lose hope just yet. There are simple, yet non-failing tips to help you edit your drafts.
Refrain from using grammar expletives
Grammar expletives are referred to as empty words, meaningless phrases, or redundant pairs that do not add substance to the context. Most often, they start with there, it, and there, followed by the verb to be.
Such constructions weaken your writing by shifting emphasis away from the true drivers of your sentence.
Use strong verbs
Here’s the thing: Bloggers are fond of making their writing lengthier, perhaps because of the need to come up to a certain number of words. This practice, however, can hurt you more than help you.
A blogger weakens an action in his writing when he writes “she is blogging” instead of ‘she blogs’, ‘she was enjoying’ when he could simply write ‘she enjoyed.’
Don’t use weak adjectives
Your goal is to create a blog that can be easily understood by your audience. You shouldn’t make their reading harder by bombarding them with unnecessary words.
Most often, words like really and very precede weak adjectives: very bad, really good, really big, and very beautiful. This only shows that you don’t know the exact word you should be using instead – for example terrible, great, huge and gorgeous are better options and much more descriptive.
Even worse than using weak adjectives is telling your readers what is not instead of stating what is. For instance:
It’s not that fun – It’s boring
Blogging is not hard – Blogging is easy
Nominalization is a type of word formation in which a verb and an adjective is used as a noun. It occurs when you choose a lengthier set of words instead of simpler ones which tend to pad out the sentence.
Here is an ordinary sentence:
The committee will investigate the problem.
And here is a version with nominalization:
The committee will perform an investigation into the problem.
Below are more examples:
When given an option that includes verbs and nouns, take the verb, as it will add action and a more powerful tone to your writing.
Don’t be too wordy
People tend to only skim contents. In fact, an analysis from Nielsen found that “though people spend more time on pages with more words and more information, they only spend 4.4 seconds more for each additional 100 words.”
You probably have experienced getting sleepy during lectures back in school. Do you remember those long and boring discussions? Your professor could have just explained the lessons in fewer words but he insisted on making it difficult for the class. If you hated those, remember that readers probably feel the same about very wordy articles.
The search for perfection never ends but the world of blogging is highly competitive – a great reason to do your best to stand out.