All writers benefit from becoming more capable and strategic in their self-editing of their work. While having others edit our work is invaluable, learning how to be more effective as a “self-editor” can reap multiple rewards, especially in one’s self-esteem as a writer.
At the Writers’ Exchange, we are committed to helping writers achieve greater independence by becoming empowered as “self-editors.” As a result, we’ve created these strategies in the spirit of cultivating greater independence for you, the writer. If you’ve been told that your writing is “wordy, overly descriptive, lacks clarity, or is disorganized,” these exercises will become invaluable. For example, use the Paramedic Method on any piece of writing, and you’ll find that your prose transforms from heavy phrasing into more direct prose. If your readers have told you that they become confused by the jumpy organization, try using the strategies in “revising for coherence.” Whatever strategies you decide to use, try to “own them” as part of your writing process.