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The Best of 2017 – Using the SPIRAL Method To Edit Your Writing

Hello and welcome to another Best of 2017 post.

You may remember this popular little post from September 2017. If you don’t, please take a second to check it out and let me know what you think.

Using the SPIRAL Method To Edit Your Writing

I use a quick method to edit my blog posts and my book called the SPIRAL method. I’d love to teach it to you today. You probably know a lot of these already, but check out this post just in case.

What does SPIRAL stand for?

S – Spellcheck

P – Punctuation

I – Insert transition words

R – Remove

A – A call to action

L – Let your writing rest

Let’s look at each letter in detail:

Spellcheck – Read your post aloud and look for inconsistencies in spelling. Check whether you have spelled a word incorrectly.

Punctuation – Check that your post has been punctuated correctly. Also include punctuation that you may have missed, such as adding a full stop, comma or quotation mark.

Insert transitions – Transitions are words that are usually placed at the start of a sentence that help the reader transition or move from one subject to the other. For more on this subject visit my previous post Transition Words to Hook Your Readers

Remove –

Remove unnecessary adjectives – if an adjective doesn’t add anything to the text, cut it out. Try using a more accurate noun instead.

Remove clichés – tired expressions need to be deleted from your post. Consider using an original figure of speech or description.

Remove unnecessary repetitions – cut words that you have repeated in close proximity or quick succession. Use synonyms or rewrite the sentence.

Remove vague words and descriptions – nice, very, good, bad, etc.

Remove extremely long sentences – rework a sentence with more than two commas or other punctuation. The shorter your sentences are the easier they are to read.

Remove long words – check your post for instances where you’ve used a long word where a shorter one would do. Try to find an easy way to express what you are trying to say.

A call to action – Now that your reader has read your post, you need to tell them what to do next. It can be as simple as asking them a question or asking them to comment on your post.

Let your writing rest – This applies to both blogging and writing fiction and non-fiction. Write your post the day before and come back to it the next morning, so that you look at it with fresh eyes. You’ll be able to edit the post more effectively.

What method do you use to edit your writing? Did you find the SPIRAL method helpful? What would you add to this post? Let me know by commenting below!

 

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