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Revision: It’s a Necessity

February 19, 2012

One thing I’ve learned in the writing business is the importance of revision. Publishers will often instantly turn up their noses at a work filled with technical errors, refusing to even consider it despite the quality of its content. An editor’s nightmare is also a nightmare for the writer. You may think, “Hey, it’s the editor’s job to worry about that kind of stuff. Just let me write, and he can fix my mistakes.” While this is technically true, this type of editing can be unpleasant and, at times, expensive. It is best to deal with the minor issues yourself, especially ones involving the basics of grammar. Try to make sure the right words are capitalized, the apostrophes are present in their proper places, and the standard rules of punctuation and sentence structure are upheld most of the time. Sure, there are times when it might be appropriate to break a rule or two, but for the most part it is best to leave the English language alone. Messing with the system can come back to haunt you later. Oftentimes, a simple rereading of your writing, even a quick skimming, can allow you to catch the majority of these errors and save yourself from hassle in the future. So next time you finish a piece, before you happily close the document or put your pencil down, take a moment to look over what you have written. It could save you from annoyance and embarrassment in the long run.

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One Comment
  1. I do all my writing on my computer, as well as my editing. But I’ve found that breaking away from that context, such as reading my work on an ebook reader, makes the mistakes and issues stand out far better.

    Though it’s often tedious and time-consuming a properly edited and error-free bit of writing really does go a long way.

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