Ways to Edit Your Article and Blog

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I have had some experience in writing and editing articles. I wrote for a year for a national magazine. I find numerous misspellings and grammatical errors often when I read articles especially on the internet. So I want to make you aware and perhaps show you some areas where you can solve your problems and you can finally improve your way of writing. You will need paper, pen, eyes, patience, vocalization, and a little self-discipline, and some good resource books on writing to fall back on.

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 finish, but speed does not necessarily mean great. I find it perplexing when I find errors, even though the idea was terrific. I read an article earlier that had the word “hearst” instead of “heart.” I believe that it makes a big difference in the meaning of the sentence. I wonder how many folks actually thought that it was a funeral vehicle. But as many of you know, the funeral car is spelled “hearse.”

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.

If you are typing on a computer, use the spell check and grammar check. A word processor usually underlines a misspelling or incorrect grammar. One thing to remember is that a spell check is not infallible. You may have a wrong word incorrectly in place, but if it is spelled correctly, the spell check will not catch the mistake. Here are some words that 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 are authoring on a blog. It is just as important as when you write out the specifics of a recipe. Any wrong measurements or cooking instructions could be disastrous for the reader.

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.

• 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, the, 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.

Always save your article for your records. Most importantly, you will greatly improve the editing factor because you can select, within the word 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, copy the article and paste it into the area to be published. Following this method will keep you from making errors, so abstain from directly writing it into that space.

If you follow these suggestions and improve your article, the editing of your article will make it a primo piece.

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3 Comments

  1. Basiati said,

    August 30, 2013 at 22:15

    What a great advice to draft an article and then paste it into wordpress – I usually go directly to the blog, write something and… edit the post a couple of times later – after publishing :o\\ … Buziak!

  2. LFFL said,

    August 29, 2013 at 01:41

    I just LOVE it!

    • buzzard33 said,

      August 29, 2013 at 11:43

      Thanks for the comment. I try to help folks whenever I can.
      Me (eM)
      Emery


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