We all know this joyous feeling of completing an essay. When all errors are fixed, arguments found, theses written, evidence analyzed, idea presented, the only thing that remains is to print the work and wait for the tutor’s response.
However, when checking the text for grammatical errors, it is still difficult to predict, what the real reader will think, what he or she will feel, will it be boring or exciting and so on.
Analysis of such moments is the work of an editor. And, of course, that editor is you.
And here are some tips, that will help with doing it properly.
1.Read your text aloud.
When reading aloud, you will be able to notice the little things that were not discerned during while writing . You will be a listener and an author at the same time.
2. Make sure all words are important.
Do all the sentences play a considerable role? Do they make this or that argument more convincing? If not, then you should throw them away. If you can put your point of view in one sentence instead of five, do it.
3. Avoid too harsh, familiar phrases and slang.
Sometimes we try to use such techniques to seem closer to the listeners, to enter into trust and to impress.
However, such things are often perceived by the audience not as we expect. It is mostly perceived as excessive expressiveness and intransigence.
If your idea is really good, then you will be supported without these techniques. If not, they won’t help anyway.
4. Be rigorous about your brightest sentences.
In your essay there are places with very successful sentences you are most fond of.
And very often you abuse them by inserting into every part of your essay.
However, you need to understand that first of all you show the idea, not the aesthetic component. The viewer will appreciate not the artistry of your work, but the conviction that you bring to him.
So, take these advices into account and good luck with editing your essay!