When Cindy Greenway and I were chatting during my presentation at the Virtually Successful Telesummit back in April 2010, a light bulb went off for me.
It was when we were talking about how easy is it is to gloss over errors in our own writing. After all, we know exactly what we meant to say, so that’s what we see on the page, even if there are typos or missing words.
Here are three quick editing solutions that will catch these mistakes before they damage your credibility or your relationship with your reader:
- Go away and come back – taking even five minutes while you do something else will help, but it’s better still to come back to it later in the day or the next day.
- Read your article out loud – do not skip this step! I do this with practically everything I send, including most emails. It is amazing what I miss when I just read over what I wrote.
- Ask someone else to look it over – my sister Ruth Brickman has been editing for me since I wrote my first newsletter article in June 2003. She gives me an invaluable outside perspective on the content, finds those pesky little errors and helps me keep my writing as clear as possible. (Thanks, Ruth!!!)
I know that you know what you meant to say. Let’s make sure it’s coming across in your writing!
P.S. I can help you polish your articles and blog posts. Please contact me today for more information!