Editing your own work is never easy – even the most senior, experienced professional writers have editors who catch their little errors. It’s very difficult to edit your own work, but not all of us are lucky enough to have a professional editor.
So here’s a trick – next time you have to edit something and it’s just not working, or you’re worried you may have missed something, read it out loud.
You’ll immediately hear if your sentences are too long – because you run out of breath – or if something doesn’t make sense. Perhaps you’ve omitted a word, or used the same word too many times. Something about hearing the words instead of just seeing them, helps you to find errors.
So find a quiet place where you won’t be overheard, and read it out loud – you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how effective this technique can be.