How to Edit Articles Easily and Effectively

Follow a simple process and turn your first drafts into masterpieces.

Sam H Arnold
Oct 28, 2020 · 5 min read
Editing and article — paper, pen and computer
Editing and article — paper, pen and computer
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The First Draft

It is important to state, your first draft should be a conscious outpouring of ideas. Write your first draft without stopping. Without looking for facts or checking, get all the ideas down to the conclusion.

Read for Flow and Content

Your first step in editing is to read through your first draft. Look for places where the writing does not flow. Places where you have used the wrong word. If your brain works faster than your fingers, then these mistakes could be numerous.

Sentence Structure

Once this is completed then cut and paste the article into Hemingway. I have spoken about Hemingway before and the huge positive impact it has had on my writing. Hemingway will tell you where your sentence is too long. Where you have used too many passive words. It generally acts as a friendly editor sitting on your shoulder.

Grammar and Spelling

When this is complete, copy and paste the article into Grammarly to work on grammar and spelling. I use the free version of both these packages, for me they offer enough.

Read Through

Once this is complete then you need to read the piece throughout loud, if you have not done this before. There is something about reading it out loud that helps you catch all the other mistakes.

Producing the piece

Once again if possible leave the piece for a day before returning to it.

Hit Publish

One more read through to check everything is correct. Ensure you have written a good headline and first sentence. Assign your tags and check your SEO, then hit publish.

Sam H Arnold Everyday Writing

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Sam H Arnold

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Obsessed with true crime. Write about parenting a child with ASD, writing tips, life issues & more. Also a writing coach — https://www.patreon.com/samharnold

Sam H Arnold Everyday Writing

Writing Tips for all writers regardless of experience.

Sam H Arnold

Written by

Obsessed with true crime. Write about parenting a child with ASD, writing tips, life issues & more. Also a writing coach — https://www.patreon.com/samharnold

Sam H Arnold Everyday Writing

Writing Tips for all writers regardless of experience.

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