In this episode of Just Wondering Writers, we cover some editing tips that will ensure readers connect with your writing to the fullest extent. We’ll go over the top three things to edit in your writing to make sure your readers don’t quit your story in frustration or confusion. This episode’s “I was just wondering,” question comes from Chris over at our Write Whale Facebook group. He asked for editing tips on how to increase the readability and enjoyment of a piece of writing.
The question jumped out because it came after I stopped reading a poorly edited book earlier this week.
It’s not often that I quit a novel. Never mind the fact that I stopped reading smack-dab in the middle of a sentence. It’s a shame, because I was about 150 pages in, and buying into it 100%.
And then the author wrote a word that blew things up for me.
I breezed through the first hundred pages of the novel. It’s one of those books where I found myself nodding at the end of every page and giving mental high-fives to the author for his use of metaphor and imagery. It was a damn-good book.
About ten pages in, I ran into the issue that would shut me down. Then, I noticed it ten pages after that and then twenty pages later and then five pages after that. It continued like this all the way to 150 pages in–I’m honestly surprised I made it that far without losing my mind.
You want to know what made me run cold? It sounds ridiculous, but the word “very” ruined everything.
Freaking “very.” Such an ordinary word.
But he used it five million times (~that’s an exaggeration, but not really~🙃).
Why this word made me quit the book is the topic of the newest episode of the Just Wondering Writers podcast. In this episode, I share my top three editing tips that will help you shape up your writing and improve clarity and readability.
Let’s get started!
In this episode, we’ll talk about:
- Three common issues that weaken writing
- Editing tips to overcome these issues
- How to train yourself to catch these mistakes while you write
Resources mentioned in the episode
Filter words weaken and dull your writing. You can instantly improve your writing by eliminating them. Click the button below to download your free copy of my list of common filter words.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode! Do you have any editing tips to share? What filter words do you fall back on? Do you use an app to improve your readability? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think.
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