Hold it! Don't send that article! Not just yet!
You may think you're through writing your article and that it's now ready for publication. But after writing, you're not really done.
You might not know it, but you can prune down that 750-word article you've just finished into one that's only 500 words or less.
And guess what?
I bet short version would still be as effective as your original article, if not more.
Writing is all about communicating. It's about getting your message across to your readers simply, quickly, and effectively.
You don't just send in your first draft to your editor or publish it right away without looking it over first.
Re-writing. It's key.
Actually, it's most crucial step in writing process.
It can be a frustrating thing to do especially when you're still in "writer mode" and you believe you've written a brilliant piece.
But realize this: Re-writing your article will definitely pay off.
So here are 5 re-writing techniques you can use:
Technique # 1: Stick to your central theme or idea. Don't insert bits and pieces of information about other things. Read through your work carefully. You're bound to find ideas, words, phrases and sentences you can strike out.
Technique # 2: Beware of long introductions. It's OK to start with an introductory paragraph, but some writers tend to write introductions that span several paragraphs. Start with most striking sentence, quote, or idea and then go on from there.