Editing Tricks (Infographic)

Last Update: September 27, 2013

If you're someone that gets carried away when writing blog posts or articles you may find these editing tricks useful. You may not want to change your overall style of writing but it's important to remember that many of your readers will be in a hurry when they land on your site - so if you can keep to the essence of what you want to say, but say it in fewer words - that's got to be good.

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DIGGER12 Premium
Too wordy has always been a problem :-) Thanks for the great tips
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BIS Premium
Mine too! Thanks for taking the time to comment.
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alexisnilo Premium
Thank you, BIS. These tips are very useful.
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BIS Premium
Thank you. Hope they act as a reminder of what you can do
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hart48 Premium
Very good ideas. Usually I can take a mile long sentence and make it half a mile if I really try. I get too wordy a lot. Thanks for info.
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BIS Premium
You are not the only one. I do too! But at least you recognise it in yourself. A lot of people don't and refuse to make any changes when needed.
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Trialynn Premium
It is easy to make a short story long, if you are not giving much attention to your words!
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BIS Premium
Yes - it's very easy to get carried away and just focus on the storytelling. But then that's what editing is all about.
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Sdenis Premium
I agree with rebecaas,thanks
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BIS Premium
Thank you - glad you like it.
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rebeccas Premium
Well you are on a roll with Infographics which is a big plus for the WA community. This one is another keeper...especially for word fat hogs like me! (LOL) Thanks!
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BIS Premium
LOL - Rebecca you write beautifully. I wouldn't change a thing - but sometimes it useful for us to know how to cut down if necessary!
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Crystal2010 Premium
Good info
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BIS Premium
Thank you.
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oilean Premium
Interesting info and good ideas!
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BIS Premium
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.
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This is great, Beverley! You're going to have to teach me how to use these Infographics,you've got this down pat!
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BIS Premium
Thanks Meredith. They are an easy way to convey some information quickly.
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teambuild Premium
I'll keep this short...Thanks BIS
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BIS Premium
Thank you.
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yessharon Premium
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
― Aristotle
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BIS Premium
Very true. Thanks Sharon
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DomW Premium
I picked up my phone and pressed the green button to like this post. It is a thoroughly well thought-out infographic as usual. Awesome.
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BIS Premium
Thanks Dom. Coming from a fellow teacher - I appreciate the compliment.
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ninjaflow Premium
Oh geez, you're talking to me Beverley. I probably add fluff to make up for my lack of content expertise and creative writing abilities in general (I'm 17). Thanks so much for the post. WAU edu = true value.
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BIS Premium
Thanks Layla. Glad you enjoyed it. The more you write, the more you'll recognise if you add fluff and you'll be able to cut it down.
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twotee Premium
Seems like I just got a new poster for my wall! Nice one there! :)
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BIS Premium
Thank you. Glad you like it.
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Shields Premium
Good Work, Bis, I like the idea of keeping it simple and colorful.
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BIS Premium
Thank you.
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Jewelz Premium
Wow, very interesting read and new thought!! I hope to remember this....I probably will and come back to it!!
Thank you!
~jewelz
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BIS Premium
Thanks Jewelz. Hope you find it useful.

Beverley
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DarleneJones Premium
TY for the tips :)
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BIS Premium
Thanks Darlene.
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TJ Books Premium
I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English--it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them--then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice. Mark Twain (in a letter). Great post, Beverly as usual. John
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BIS Premium
Thanks John. Actually I have to work hard to write short sentences. My normal style is quite flowery - but I have learned a lot from Kyle's style.

Glad you enjoyed it.

Beverley
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Jewelz Premium
How funny you referred to Mark Twain, lol, my hubby thinks I am like a Mark Twain, not that he likes reading, or has read anything I have done. I have to read it to him...lol again I tell him, aaa, I am NO writer, just love to talk...lol
Love ya, TJ
~jewelz
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andrefost Premium
Thanks Beverly your going to have my wall full pretty soon :-)
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BIS Premium
LoL - thanks Andre. There are a few to come yet.
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msdj8163 Premium
These are great. Thanks for sharing.
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BIS Premium
Thank you. Glad you like them.
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tinamarie Premium
Hi Beverley, another keeper. Thanks Tina
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BIS Premium
Thanks for stopping by and having a look Tina.
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pcook410 Premium
Excellent editing reminders! Thanks!

Pat
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BIS Premium
Thanks Pat
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coolcity Premium
I'm not sure. Doesn't more words = more content? I know the content needs to be good but isn't more of it more likely to be better for the search engines?
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BIS Premium
More words - does mean more content - but it doesn't necessarily equate to quality content and there are times when cutting down the word count will make it a better article. You're writing for readers not for search engines.
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coolcity Premium
Yes you are writing for readers but it's search engines, not readers that need to rate the content initially to get it up the rankings i.e. Google ranks on content.

Looking at the above example I would say that "The dress looked extremely beautiful on her" was better content than "She rocked that dress" so conversely, cutting down doesn't necessarily make it better content.

I would just go with what I thought sounded best and in that example I think the first, longer, statement reads better.

That's just my opinion of that example of course but the trouble is I'm not sure which of the two examples the search engines would rank higher, that's the part I struggle with. If you cut something down and it doesn't necessarily read better how do we know if the search engines are going to rank it higher or lower?
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BIS Premium
I agree with you - I would probably go with that too - but that's why I say - you wouldn't use them all of the time. There are times when people write too much and need to cut down - but you have to do it in the right way. Those examples just illustrate how it could be done.

You worry about - which would rank higher. That would never occur to me - I just don't work like that and I have never had any problem getting posts and articles to page one of Google.
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coolcity Premium
I don't worry about it, I just try to write naturally and I would worry more about changing it, even it meant using less words. As long as it sounds right I think that's the most important thing. If the content is compelling enough people will read it. e.g. you don't put a good book down because it's "too long".

I'm not knocking the concept but I'm just concerned that it is one more thing for people to think about, maybe unnecessarily and we can get too wrapped up in trying to be too perfect sometimes.

Hard to explain but I wonder if some people would start to alter their copy when they really don't need to, I personally would find it difficult when to change it and when to leave it as it is.
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theBoss1000 Premium
Good job. I tend to write as I'm thinking then look at my word count (this of course after I worried about not having enough to say. lol). Then I proof read to shorten, which adds to my already limited time. Hopefully with these tips in mind I can cut out the middle man. lol

Too wordy? lol
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BIS Premium
LoL - You don't want to do anything that stifles you're creativity. Just write as normal and then edit.

I didn't think it was too wordy but couldn't resist trying to cut it down. LoL

"Good job. I write, then look at my word count (after I've worried about not having enough). Then I proof read, which adds to my limited time. Hopefully I can now cut out the middle man. LoL"

Yours 55 words - Mine - 37

Thanks for commenting.

Beverley
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theBoss1000 Premium
Lol thx
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SuccessDEUS Premium
Nice .. I know i need to work on my writting grammar but its a lil hard for me due to Engish not being my 1st language ! I will get there Naturally ;)

Thanks for Advices,
Julio (SuccessDeus)
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BIS Premium
You will get there Julio. Keep at it.

Beverley
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Paul Dean Premium
As I'm the world's wordiest writer I tend to go for the first option of each pair every time.

I mean, I do that.
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BIS Premium
You and me both Paul.

I was at a meeting the other day when someone quoted something I had written and the person who was giving the presentation (not knowing I was sitting there) said no one could have written anything so wordy! I spoiled the moment by bursting out laughing. I had to admit it was wholly accurate!
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rickbcf1 Premium
That's great how everthing is simplified. Thanks for the info.
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BIS Premium
Thanks Rick. Glad you enjoyed it.

Beverley
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findingemo Premium
Beverley,

I'm curious to know if I'm the reason you made this infographic...LOL. I'm guilty of every single one and I'm constantly reminding myself to do these edits.

Sometimes I'm so wordy I even bore myself while I'm proofreading....HA.

Good tips and I'm printing this one too! My office wall will be filled with Beverley graphics...LOVE it. :)

Patty :)
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BIS Premium
Hi Patty
No - it wasn't written specifically with you in mind. But I'm just like you - if I can say it in 15 words rather than 5, I will always go for the 15. LOL

I think most of use need to cut it down at some point!
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Awesome tips, I agree with you that condensing your words so that your blog can be more effective is the smart way to go!
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BIS Premium
Thank you. Glad you like it.
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