How to Edit Your Own Writing I: Look at It Another Way

When you’re writing, it’s easy to get stuck. So you look back at what you’ve already written to get moving again, jogging yourself to your next word or sentence, example or point. But after a while, you know what you’re going to read, so your eyes tend to skim over the words. You push yourself to focus with little success.

What to do? A useful step is to change how you’re looking at your writing. If you are writing by hand, type it up; if you’re typing, print it out. It seems minor, simple, but it works. It’s amazing how different your writing looks in typewritten form. Shorter, yes, those even fonts tend to shrink most peoples’ writing, but neat, formal, clean, glistening on the screen. And when you print it, it becomes solid.