In this series, I’ve already talked about Planning, Organization, Writing, Pausing and Revision. Now it’s the last of the series, Editing. Read the whole series here.
I’m not very good at darts.
But my uncle was awesome.
Sometimes he’d let me watch him throw. He was graceful and elegant. His darts flew straight. His hand was confident and clear and he could hit anywhere on the board.
But me on the other hand.
I leaned too hard to the right. My darts wobbled. They spun in funny directions. I also hit the board, any and everywhere.
Writing is sometimes like darts. If you’re no good, you’ll get lucky sometimes and write a great sentence. But that won’t last long unless you pay attention to the details. Just like darts, small movements can make a big difference.
That’s why after you write a paper, a story, a script, a proposal, you have to reread it again and look for the small overlooked details. Correcting punctuation. Eliminating repetition. Checking verb tenses. Correct all of that, because the small things matter.
Editing can change a low score into a high score.
Just with a small tweak.