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7 Ways to Expertly Edit Your Own Writing - Helping Writers Become Authors

Writing can (and should!) be a creative, uplifting, enjoyable process. However, once the initial writing is complete, the next step is editing your draft. And figuring out how to edit your own writing is usually where the writing process becomes less “fun” and more—let’s be honest—agonizing.

How so? Overly critical authors will be convinced their well-written work is terrible. Meanwhile, overly confident writers will be certain even their least thought-out work is sheer perfection. So how can you effectively edit your own writing?

Here are seven tips to help you objectively improve and edit your own writing.

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I’m just trying to write a good story, strictly from imagination. People just think it’s random, they don’t see the rewriting, phrasing of characters, choosing the words, bringing the world to light in which the characters live in. That creates an illusion that this is real.
Eric Jerome Dickey

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It’s Time! How To Stop Revising And Start Making Submissions
You’ve revised, tweaked, and touched-up the piece you’re writing. But how do you know when your work is finally finished and ready to be submitted? Does it take one draft…or three…or ten? Too often in their quest to create the perfect story, essay, poem, or book, writers ruin the spirit of their piece by overworking and overthinking every detail. Or, paralyzed by indecision, they never submit their writing out of fear that it’s just not “good enough.” When is it time to let go?

It’s Time! How To Stop Revising And Start Making Submissions

You’ve revised, tweaked, and touched-up the piece you’re writing. But how do you know when your work is finally finished and ready to be submitted? Does it take one draft…or three…or ten? Too often in their quest to create the perfect story, essay, poem, or book, writers ruin the spirit of their piece by overworking and overthinking every detail. Or, paralyzed by indecision, they never submit their writing out of fear that it’s just not “good enough.” When is it time to let go?

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