Writing: Let the Draft Breathe

  • You cannot see problematic sentence structures, typos, repeated words, or other problems, because you know what you meant to say and see that instead.
  • You also don’t notice the parts that read well or are pretty darned good, because you remember the struggle.

Fit Rest into the Writing Schedule

  • If possible, run your piece past someone whose judgment you trust. Ask for the level of input you’d welcome, such as error-checking and proofing, or reading for flow and clarity.
  • Create distance in space and format. Print out the piece, get up from your desk, and read it out loud in another room. The change of venue offers distance, and the act of verbalizing the writing lets you ‘hear’ as well as see it. You’ll discover parts that don’t work when you trip over reading them aloud.
  • Combine the two practices and read the piece to someone. (This works best for short pieces, with a tolerant listener.)

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Author, Writing Coach, Unapologetic Nonfiction Geek. Writing about Writing Itself (very meta). AnneJanzer.com

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