How to Edit Your Writing in Under a Minute

May 26, 2014

My first piece of editing advice to anyone is this:

Before you hit “Publish” or “Send,” take a quick minute and read your words out loud.

That’s it.

Reading a piece of your writing out loud, intentionally, will help you catch typos and misspelled words. Plus, when you read your writing objectively, you’ll hear the tone of your words. Don’t assume people will understand what you mean. Nine times out of ten, I change a word or two. I’ll rephrase something to soften the tone. I’ll reword a sentence to make my meaning clearer.

Yes, you may look like an idiot in Starbucks. Yes, you may not think you have time.

But, trust me. It helps.

Do you have a quick and easy editing tip?

Kelly Wiggains

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Kelly Wiggains, a high school English teacher turned homeschooling mom, likes to surround herself with good literature, beautiful things, and big ideas, and she wants her home to reflect those things, too. Here at she talks about everything From Literature to Living., 5 eBooks for $7.40!

One response to How to Edit Your Writing in Under a Minute

  1. I feel like this is directed at me somehow. (j/k!)