Imposing hard rules and strict discipline can be a good thing for the benefit of a writer. Like writing sonnets, haikus, and other technical forms of writing; writers have to be able to overcome laziness and be dedicated to the work of making a reading material as concise and short as possible.
Through writing and editing ruthlessly, a writer is harnessed to overcome sloth-like discipline. Ideally, the more a writer becomes more and more inclined to the craft, he/she becomes more efficient and effective – able to produce output that’s significantly improved and highly impressive.
Improve the Quality of Your Writing
Since there are a lot of writing opportunities that entail strict word count limits, the skill of editing becomes necessary. With this, it is extremely helpful for a writer to be strict with oneself and to his/her work also.
An editor might be working on an academic journal that requires not more than a 150 word count, and in order for an editor to meet this requirement, he/she must be strict in terms of editing the material over and over again until it is at its best version without compromising the word count requirement, otherwise, the whole purpose of the entire content would be useless.
An important note when editing a write-up is to get the desired word count, but still maintaining the whole idea and information. This means that as you cut off unnecessary sentences or words, you should be careful not to delete details that are essential. Through this, you can make your material direct, concise, effective and efficient.; thus, making your writing more powerful.
Also, do it for the Reader
Of course, aside from the satisfaction of gaining the benefit of improving your writing skill, it’s rewarding to think that you’re also able to benefit your reader. As humans, our brains are only able to gain, hold and grasp information at an adequate speed, just like how a single page of the paper or a computer screen can hold a number of words. Therefore, shorter reading materials allow a reader to grasp a writer’s idea more efficiently if they can read it in a shorter time.
When the number of ideas is limited in a summary, the writer is also able to limit the number of ideas that are absorbed in the reader’s head. Through this, the reader is provided more room to think about them, giving them a better grasp of the same idea that is delivered by the writer.
Below are some tips on how to edit efficiently and effectively.
It can be helpful if you try multiple attempts at editing your material. If you can cut a paragraph into a quarter of its original length, give it another attempt to make it shorter. After that, try to make it shorter again. Of course, you should also check and make sure that it still delivers the complete idea and gist.
If you do this, it might surprise you that the original write-up that you have produced contained so much fluff and unnecessary parts. The passage, without the things that you cut, still works which makes your output more effective.
Make Less More
The ability to shorten complex information into a small number of words requires skill, but mostly, it requires discipline. Being able to realize that you have successfully delivered an idea with less but practical use of words is something that every editor wants, and this success takes a toll on the dedication that an editor puts into his/her work.
Maximize Your Use of Words
If you are given a word count requirement, make sure you make every word count. Through this, you are not only able to pass a requirement imposed, but you are also able to make your output as impressive as possible. Naturally, you can only achieve this if you have developed your skill in editing, as well as having a very useful vocabulary.
No significant work has ever been achieved without dedication, discipline, and sacrifice. If you want to elevate the quality of your work, you also have to consider going an extra mile and harnessing your best possible version through being ruthless and hard on yourself.