Oh, the dreaded red pen — or the dreaded Google Drive notification that says your draft has 183 suggested edits and 24 comments. Writers everywhere have all been there — whether it’s engineers and their research papers, professors and their grant applications or public relations practitioners and their contributed articles.
Writing takes time, and writing well takes even longer, but there are a few tricks to make it a little easier. Here are three common writing challenges, paired with three tips on how to overcome them so you can tell that red pen (or mouse cursor) to kick back for a while.
After all of this, even if your first draft still comes back with 183 suggested edits and 24 comments, take time to learn from the edits. Read through each suggestion and comment, and thoughtfully incorporate each one so you don’t make the same mistake again. Your editor will thank you, and it will build confidence in your ability to put together content that makes you proud.