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Give it some space

When you write something, you get very close to it. It is nearly impossible to distance yourself from it straight away to edit properly.

The longer you can leave a draft before editing, the better. Half an hour to two days is enough of a break to edit well. When you do edit, read your work out loud. You'll catch more problems and get a better feel for how everything flows.

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The rule for most writers is, "If in doubt, cut it." If a word, sentence, or paragraph isn't necessary, delete it. It will clarify what you're trying to say.

Most writing mistakes are widespread, but good writers just get better at spotting them. Some things you'll learn to watch for are:

  • A recommended how-to guide on writing good, clear English is “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.

  • “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell is also worth studying to avoid “ugly and inaccurate” writing.
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The first words you write are the first draft. Writing is thinking. You'll rarely know what exactly you want to say when you start writing.

The structure is what your writing hangs on. 

The beginning of anything you write is the most important part. If you don't catch someone's attention at the start, you won't hold it later.

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