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Edit Edit Edit – Part 1

Hemingway said, ” You should write drunk and edit sober.” He was the master of the tight, terse sentence.

In my upcoming book Called to Write I spend a chapter on editing. Why? Because without it, your work is an uncut diamond.  There are several kinds of edits your work needs to be polished, professional and powerful.  In this post, I will focus on the Copy Edit.

This is the simplest edit and one that you as the writer should engage in often. After the initial surge of creativity, when spelling and grammar should not be your focus,  begin the tedium of checking every word, every sentence, and every paragraph for accurate punctuation, correct spelling, margin consistency, and formatting issues.

Now, in case you didn’t pay attention in English in high school, there is a wide variety of automated editing tools to get you started.

After the Deadline – this is a free, downloadable, no-frills editing tool that will check for spelling, style, and grammar.

Autocrit is a subscription service, with lots of extras that can help fiction writers take their first draft and make it soar.

Correct English is also a subscription service that describes itself as a “powerful online proofreading tool.”

Grammarly is a free editing tool that can work on various platforms (Facebook posts, emails, blogs, etc.) It is similar to spellcheck and other Word editing features. There is a paid subscription available for many more features. (I’m actually using this app as I write this post!)

Hemingway App is $20, colorful and helpful to make your work tighter and easier to read.

Pro Writing Aid works with Word, Google Docs, Chrome and other word processing programs. Offers both a free and paid service.

There are other similar programs. The point here is to pick one and start editing. While none of these replace the expertise of a human editor, it will bring your project to the next phase.

Next week, I’ll be posting about the Content Edit.

 

What Sagres Means

In the early years of the 15th century, a school for navigators opened in Sagres, Portugal. The school’s purpose was to equip people to explore uncharted sea routes off the west coast of Africa. Sagres means “sacred” or “consecrated “in Portuguese.

In much the same way, we are dedicated to “exploring the uncharted routes” in organizations to help people change how they think, change their conversations, and find their own voices.

We do this by listening to people about their needs and developing programs with them to meet their goals.

Interested? Call us (860-380-7605), email us, or use our contact page.