How To Edit Your Article Correctly

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Some of the articles I have read, as I mentioned earlier in my beginning statement, have spelling and grammatical errors that were not addressed before publishing.  I realize that we want to hurry up and write so we can make some money, but speed does not necessarily mean great.  I like to rate an article fairly, but I find it perplexing because of all the errors, even though the idea was terrific. I dislike giving a low rating, so I just give it the best mark in hopes that they edit their errors in the future.  I read an article that had the word “hearst” instead of “heart”.  I believe that it makes a big difference in your sentence.

Other found errors are, for example, “your” and “you’re.”  This is one of the most common errors in writing.  To check yourself, try substituting “you are” for “your.”  If the sentence reads correctly with “you are,” then ”you’re” can be substituted.  “Your” is a word of possession, while “you’re” refers to an intention to describe something or some action in the present tense.  Check yourself constantly.

There are other examples, so keep a dictionary handy and a synonym book as well as a thesaurus.  They all are aids in checking grammar and spelling.  Homonyms are also common blunders when writing.  Many words sound the same, but are spelled different such as “there” and “their.”  So if you‘re not sure, take the time to check it out.

When you write, make it a habit to use a spell check.  However, always remember that a spell check is not a final solution. It is often, unfortunately, fallible. You may have unintentionally substituted or placed a common word incorrectly in a sentence. The spell check will not identify the wrong word as an error if spelled correctly.  Here are some words that sound alike and are different in meaning; ewe & you, complement & compliment, cite, site, or sight, etc. Using the incorrect word form can definitely change the meaning of any sentence.  It is more important to get it right especially when you really mean to make a point in your article.

When editing your article, there are three (3) basic ways to edit.  Each one is important because when you write for long periods, you tend to glaze over your words.  You know what you are writing, but often times, words are skipped or misspelled.  It helps for someone else to read it, even though the person may not be a great editor.  Another pair of eyes can catch a few errors.

Here are three points to remember:

* Read the article aloud, word for word, slowly.  Keep in mind that it should sound correct without missing an article or conjunction (i.e. an, a, or, and, but, etc.)

* Then read it phrase by phrase within one sentence.  Look at grammar, punctuation, and spelling.  Make sure the sentence isn’t so long that it takes up an entire paragraph.  Break it up into shorter ones.  The brain will remember the thought much easier.

* Lastly, read each sentence and try to understand if it makes any sense.  That is editing for content. Often the sentence is not a sentence but a phase with no verb.

To prevent more errors, I recommend that you use a good word processor for your writing.  This accomplishes two (2) things. You are able to save your article for your records.  Most importantly, you will greatly improve the editing factor because you can select, within the processor program, how it will check your article.  The grammar check and thesaurus are also there to rescue your article.

I go over my article repeatedly, because I know that I will miss something.  I often wait until the next day to submit so I have a fresh view of the article after laboring intensely on the written word.  When you finally decide the article is ready, open a new article in Bukisa and cut a section from the word processor.  Paste your paragraph into the body of your intended article.

Try these suggestions and see how it works for you.  If you make this practice your normal routine, it will improve your article greatly and will make you a more credible writer.


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