[NYTimes illustration by George Wylesol]Inspiration for the writer/editor in you: How to Edit Your Own Writing (By Harry Guinness, New York Times, April 7, 2020) Some tips and highlights from this article:
- Understand that what you write first is a draft.
- Avoid common problems, such as jargon, cliches, passive voice and pointless rambling.
- Give your writing space: "The longer you can leave a draft before editing it, the better."
- Cut! Don't overwrite.
- Spend the most time on the beginning. Hook your reader!
- Pay attention to structure.
- "Editing your work is at least as important as writing it in the first place."