The Editing Process: Tips for Making Your Blog Posts Sparkle


Most writers don't enjoy the editing process. I've never understood this mindset - for me, the worst part (if there actually is a worst part about writing) is getting my thoughts down onto paper/screen in a somewhat ordered, coherent fashion. I procrastinate the most when I'm supposed to be writing a first draft - Twitter is just too alluring and even those dirty dishes in the sink I've been putting off washing suddenly look more appealing.

However, for me, editing is fun. It's literally just improving something which already exists. It gives you the chance to correct any silly mistakes, play around with syntax, throw in any ideas you may have forgotten, add those finishing touches and really make your work shine.

It's important to proof read your work if you want it to look professional. Here are some tips for editing your blog posts (or anything else you write):

1. Don't look at editing as a chore - think of it as a way to make your writing sparkle! You'll enjoy the process so much more.

2. Once you've finished writing a piece, take some time away to give yourself a break. Write something else in the meantime. Return to it in a few hours, days or even a week and start editing - this will give you a bit of distance from your work and you'll be able to look at it more objectively than when you've just written it.

3. Use Spellchecker. This will correct any spelling errors but won't be able to detect any words used in the wrong context, such as if you wrote your instead of you're or there instead of they're - so you'll need to be extra vigilant when it comes to homophones (words which sound alike but are spelt differently and have different meanings).

4. Re-read your post a few times and think about ways you can improve it. Delete any unnecessary words, phrases or paragraphs and sneak in any missing words. Try not to use the same word twice in one sentence - if you find that you've done this, replace one of them with a synonym (another word which has a similar meaning).

5. If you're not good at editing, get a supportive friend or family member to read your work before you hit that publish button and ask them for any suggestions on how to improve it.

Remember: practice makes perfect. The more you edit your work, the better you'll get. You never know, you might even start to enjoy it!

How do you feel about editing your writing? Do you enjoy it or just see it as a necessary evil?

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  1. Nic, these are some great ideas! I'm just like you, I have a hard time taking all my random thoughts and getting them down on paper to arrange them. Another great post!!

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  2. This is a really helpful post! I always leave mine after I've written it and come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes a few hours later. I find reading over it again helps to make changes that you might not have noticed previously!

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  3. I love your tips! I tend to always schedule my posts but then come back days later and re read them. I also come back and look at them the day it’s supposed to go live. That helps me. The break really does give you a fresh outlook. Great tips!

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  4. I love editing !! My first draft is literally just me getting my ideas down however they flow and like you I take a break away before going back to re read and edit. I also usually get the hubby to read through before I schedule a post just as a second opinion! Great tips thanks for sharing 😃

    Melanie | www.frasersfunhouse.com

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  5. I really needed to read these tips right now, especially number 2. I've been writing and editing as a mad woman all weekend and really need a break. Thanks for sharing! :)
    xx
    http://www.lambassadrice.com/

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  6. To be honest, I'm the same! The writing process is the part I hate the most, but I love seeing my work progress to something I'm proud of!

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  7. Really helpful post! I get my mum to proof read my posts sometimes too 🙈

    Aimsy xoxo

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  8. Great advice. I put my first draft in a word or notepad, before copying into a new post. I love the idea of having fresh eyes when editing/proofreading.

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  9. All great tips. I like editing (literally my job) but I find that sometimes when you've written something yourself you just can not see the errors. So some time away helps!

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  10. I don't love editing but I don't hate it either. It's such a great feeling when the creative process is nearly but not quite finished. I try to concentrate on that feeling and not the deadline barreling down on me.

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  11. I'm undecided on how much I enjoy editing ahah, sometimes I'll love it other times I'll loathe it! I definitely agree about taking time away and rereading, it's amazing how it can give you such a fresh perspective!

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  12. Great tips! Editing can be a chore, but these tricks make it easy!
    Dana
    Nowheretobeproject.com

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  13. These are great tips! I also hate getting started on a post, and I agree that doing something else after writing a first draft and editing can really help :)

    Perrine
    www.ola-banana.com

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  14. These are some great tips! I def agree with taking a step back and going back to the post later to edit. It clears your thoughts and you’re more mindful of what you wrote and ways to make it better. I also agree that editing can be fun, you really are just improving what already exists! Great post hun 😃

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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  15. Good advice, I don't have a lot of time for drafting and editing though I'm incorporating it more in to my posts

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  16. Tip number 2 is so helpful because i know taking a break after writing a post might give me more inspiration to make it even better!

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  17. I use tip number 3 a lot because often I type so fast autocorrect corrects words to the wrong tense. But I'd like to add as well as spell checking, trying the app grammarly which I find super helpful when editing blog posts. It's always picks were my tense or punctuation is wrong and makes the blog post feel a lot more cleaner for me.

    acupofwonderland.com

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  18. Great post.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  19. These are great tips for editing your blog! I agree with #1 especially - you're blogging because it's a hobby (even if you make money out of it). I always reread my blog posts several times. Thanks for the reminders :).

    exquisitely.me

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  20. Great post! I have a few tools and apps I use to make editing easier (I am well aware I am a magnet for typos and grammar Issues!) But I like editing too and some of these are really great tips.

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  21. I love the phrase making your writing sparkle. I’m definitely going to start using it, sounds waaaat better than editing.

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  22. Great tips and points! #2 resonated with me oh so well because I need to take time to reflect after I’ve written a post. Sometimes when I’m super confident I don’t even bother to re-read but that’s where I fall short with the itty bitty mistakes! Thankfully I downloaded GRAMMERLY which is a lifesaver for me! Lovely post.
    KeepingupwithMJ.com

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  23. Some great tips! I always need time to reflect on what I have written and come back after a few hours - I always seem to spot the mistakes then!

    Florence

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  24. I don't mind editing that much, though usually I am so anxious just to get my post up. I am excited damnit! Hahahaha ;)
    Today I ordered myself to read it twice before hitting publish. And I can agree with Florence, because I always spot any left over mistakes a few hours later. It's that breakaway that allows you to see it I think. That's a very good tip. :)
    I feel like I should re-read it more and see where I can improve though.
    Your post is very helpful, thank you hun!
    Love,
    Rose - www.rainbowsdreamcloud.com

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