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  • Writer's pictureMarianne Cooper-vd Veen

How To Edit A Text

When it comes to writing a text, editing is everything. Some believe in "the more the merrier", I believe in "writing means deleting." Why? Because every needless word is a step closer to losing the focus of your reader!

So how do you narrow down your words and still get to say what you want to say? Check out my step-by-step guide that'll help you get you started!

  • Write down everything that comes to mind in the first draft

  • Erase words and details with no added value, keeping your main subject in mind (focus!)

  • Delete or replace unnecessary long and/or outdated words (very, really, hence, etc.)

  • Be as concise and complete as possible (fundamental questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How)

  • Use the active verb instead of passive ("Marianne wrote the blog" vs. "The blog was written by Marianne")

  • Use the shortest form of the word (concept instead of conceptualisation)

  • Alternate short and long sentences (max. 25 words per sentence) for a pleasant reading rhythm

  • Keep your paragraphs between 250-300 words

  • Don't repeat yourself

There's nothing to it but to do it, so let's get started!

Write without fear edit without mercy


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