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DIY Proofreading and Editing Tips for Writers

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As writers, we know that just because we’re done writing, doesn’t mean our work is ready to display to the world. After all your thoughts are down on paper, the process of proofreading and editing can begin. Many people assume editing and proofreading are interchangeable, but really they are two separate, and very important, steps in the writing process.

Editing your work consists of making sure your paragraphs flow smoothly, that your transitions work, and that the overall quality of the work is the best it can be. A successful edit will include clarification of anything that could be confusing or vague to the reader. Editing is also looking for places that are too wordy, unimportant or redundant. It also focuses on style, clarity and citations/references (if applicable.)  [click to continue…]

Sakeena is a freelance writer, author, and founder of the Muslim Writers and Publishers Association. Her dream is to help Muslim writers share their stories with the world. She is currently working on a memoir and preparing for the launch of MWPA.