Top 10 Self-Editing Tactics to Make Your Writing Shine

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Self-publishers are often self-editors. Here are a few quick tips to help you get the job done:

10. Take frequent breaks, as needed.

9. Don’t rush the process. If possible, reserve editing for a day other than a writing day.

8. Read your work out loud and listen for its rhythm.

7. Whenever possible, eliminate the word “that.”

6. Edit your work from print rather than on a computer screen.

5. Break down compound sentences; single sentences read better.

4. Look for sentence clarity, then paragraph clarity.

3. Be consistent with details.

2. Avoid passive verbs.

1. (Drumroll, please) Use simple grammar.