Edit Yourself

Edit yourself (simplified) based on William Zinsser in On Writing Well

  • Clutter – get the weeds out of your writing. “tall skyscraper,” “very angry, (angry by itself is stronger,) clichés of any kind.
  • Simplicity. Stop. How many stories are you trying to tell? How many points are you trying to make? Clear thinking leads to clear writing
  • Use ‘I’  When you can, use “I.” — It has been decided…(who decided?)
  • Unity of theme, of pronoun, of tense, of mood, of attitude, of point of view. Before you start, answer all these questions.

There are many more things to consider when you edit yourself, but this is a start.

Write down your rule for editing yourself.


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