When Do You Abandon the Editing Process?

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Like gravity pulls objects to the earth, the web pulls people across the landscape of connected information — whizzing by landmarks (content) at breakneck speed.

Thus, when people arrive at your blog, they should be able to size up your content in an instant. From the headline, down the subheads, to the call to action.

In other words, it should be clear what’s in it for them … and is it even worth their time? And it should be concise.

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8 Signs of Weak Writing that Turn Off Readers

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What makes writing “weak,” and are you able to identify the specific aspects of your writing that are weak?

Writers can be hard on themselves. They may think everything they write is lousy. But “lousy” is a vague word — and that general self-judgment doesn’t help you move beyond “lousy” writing.

Check out these eight specific signs of weak writing and how to strengthen each one.

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A Simple 5-Step System for Editing Your Own Writing

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In order to revise your writing effectively, you need to look at your work objectively.

You don’t want to just glance at what you’ve written, quickly decide it is perfect, and then move on … missing an opportunity to become a stronger writer.

But how do you accurately critique your own creation?

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A Productive, 3-Step Path to Follow When an Editor Rejects Your Writing

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When a publication does not want to publish your writing, what is the best way to proceed?

This week on Editor-in-Chief, you’ll learn a productive way to take action after an editor rejects your writing.

Here is yet another way to become the Editor-in-Chief of the content you produce.

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Catch More Writing Mistakes With This Underutilized Proofreading Trick

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Proofreading is simple.

That may seem like a sacrilegious statement coming from someone who spent years justifying that proofreading is a specialized skill to condescending critics.

But I want to show you a simple proofreading trick, so you are able to review your writing like a professional proofreader — even if you only have time to proofread your writing once.

This underutilized technique will help you spot and correct errors in your digital content that you’ve previously glossed over.

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7 Common Mistakes Writers Make When Pitching to Editors

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Do you have pet peeves about human interactions? What types of behavior absolutely drive you nuts?

You could hate when someone doesn’t say “thank you” when you hold a door open for him or become extremely irritated when someone chews gum too loudly.

Editors are humans with pet peeves, as well, so if you’d like an editor to review — and possibly publish — your writing, there are certain actions you should avoid.

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