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How to Edit Your Blog Post Before Publishing —With Love, an English Teacher

Updated on February 28, 2016
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Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

Editing Your Writing

Writing is a process. Editing is an important part of that process, ensuring that readers are able to understand the articles or hubs they come across online.
Writing is a process. Editing is an important part of that process, ensuring that readers are able to understand the articles or hubs they come across online. | Source

Editing Help

Editing is one of the most important steps in the writing process. Without it, articles, books, stories or even hubs would be incoherent and difficult to read. Editing helps to make sure every piece of writing is following standard grammar and spelling rules that ensure a reader's ability to easily read and understand a piece of writing.

While reading some of the articles I find online, I have come across some new articles or hubs that make the English teacher in me cringe a little. These articles, while containing interesting information, are full of some very basic writing errors, such as in capitalization, spelling, typos, texting language, run-ons and fragments. To me, that automatically makes an article or hub unappealing, and I immediately ‘hop’ on to the next one.

This article isn’t meant to criticize those with articles or hubs containing errors—please don’t get me wrong. It’s not what I usually submit (baby/toddler/parenting articles), but I’m hoping to help anyone willing to read this with their editing before they publish their work which is then available for the world to read.

You want more and more readers/followers, right? Editing will help!


Editing Your Own Work

Do you take the time to edit your writing?

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Revising and Editing

Here are some of the editing techniques I use when I write. They are tried and true techniques; they have been documented (meaning, some are very common in the education world), they have been used successfully by my middle school students, and I use them myself. They might even be techniques you have read about elsewhere but that you have been out of touch with for a while. They will take time and effort, but they are certainly worth both your precious time and effort.

1. Read your writing aloud. To edit, many people just scan what they wrote instead of truly examining it. Since they ‘know’ what they wrote, they don’t really see what is actually on the page and they miss many of the basic mistakes that are present. This is a pretty important step in editing. To do so, all you need is to read your writing word for word to yourself. By listening to your words as well as looking at them, you are forcing your brain to focus on the conventions (spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, etc.) rather than just the content. Look for common homophone/homonyms errors (their, there, they’re…etc.). Listen to your sentences—can you identify the subject and the predicate? Do you use a certain word too often? Find a synonym. Look to make sure all of your sentences start with a capital letter.

You might feel silly doing this, but don’t! If you feel silly, find a quiet place away from others and just focus on making your writing the best it can be!

2. Ask another person to read it. It’s all about perspective; your ‘editor’ might see something that you missed, or ask you a question about confusing word choice/sentence structure. Ask them for some constructive criticism: what might they want to see in your writing that they think would be an improvement.

3. Create smooth transitions. Does your writing lack transitions? Transitions make writing easier to read because they give the reader a sort of map to follow. “First, pick up the pencil. Next, scribble all over your paper. Lastly, crumble up paper and make an attempt at a two-point shot into recycling bin.” Perhaps your writing has too many transitions. You may have to take some out to keep your writing from becoming too choppy.

4. Revise texting language. If you’re looking to write a quality hub that other adults are going to read, avoid using word shortcuts like “u” or text acceptable errors like “i” for I (the personal subject pronoun). We’re all guilty of it these days, but it shouldn’t be part of a quality essay.

5. After making improvements, read it again, aloud. It’s just one extra step towards writing a great hub. Read it aloud again, listening for anything that may need to be revised again. Make sure your writing sounds and looks like it will help you gain more followers, (and in some instances, more money).

Often, this whole process will need to be repeated several times before you get everything right. It is worth it though, isn't it?


Writing Articles for Publication

These are just a few of my editing techniques; there are so many more out there if you’re interested in doing some more research. Following these techniques or others should really help you in your quest of being a quality hubber.

Try not to just rely on spell checkers or the grammar indicators that will help but not find all of your mistakes or areas of improvement. Just like I always told my students, writing is a process, and it’s certainly a process you want to be very involved in if you are ready to write and publish essays for which you want to receive recognition.


Editing My Own Articles

As I finish up with this writing, I acknowledge that I have read it about three times now aloud (my only audience available right now is a three-year old…). During each of the three times, I found areas that needed improvement and I adjusted what I wrote. Voila! I am ready to submit my article.

Good luck with your writing!


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Editing Your Own Work

Is there anything different that you do to edit? Please let me know what works for you in the comments. Thanks for reading! Best of luck, fellow hubbers!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      TToombs08, glad you found this helpful! Thanks for reading. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Some very helpful information for solitary writers that don't always have someone handy to help out with the editing part of writing. Will be keeping this handy!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Phillydreamer, have you tried writing first in Word or other word processing programs? They can pick up a lot of grammar mistakes, although you'll still have to search for some. :) In the meantime, check out the many great hubs about comma usage for some help.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      It's annoying because I'm really bad with my comma usage. I always second guess myself if I should use one or not. Even after I re read sometimes I'll miss something. It would be really nice if Hub Pages offered a grammar check program. This would make things a lot easier.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      petealex, I'm glad you like the article. It's true: as writers we know in our heads what we want to 'say' but it may not always be clear in our writing. We need to write so that the reader can clearly understand the message we are trying to convey. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      petealex 5 years ago

      I love this article. It very important we edit our work as writers because we understand what we want to say but the reader may not.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Beth J, if I could award you an accolade for being helpful, I would! Typo fixed! I just added that last sentence the other day and I guess I didn't take my own advice. Tsk tsk. Shame on me! I worked so hard when I first published this hub to make sure there were no errors and then with one edit I make a silly one anyway. Argh!

      Thanks so much for catching that! I appreciate your kindness! :D

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Oh, that's very nice of you Marissa. Thanks very much for the encouraging words.

      Cheers

      Rema

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Rema, just from your comment, I can see that you have a great grasp of written English. I'd be happy to check out some of your hubs. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Beth J 5 years ago from India

      Hi Marissa,

      Thank you for posting this hub, it's a really useful! However, I wanted to point out one typo: Under point number 5, the last sentence has a redundant 'is'. Please don't get me wrong- I thought removing that one error would make this extremely useful hub flawless in all respects!

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Marissa,

      Great hub. Thanks for sharing. I have learned quite a few things from this hub as I always wonder if I go wrong anywhere in my use of the English language particularly because I'm not a native English hubber.

      I do go over my hub a few times before publishing, so I feel quite confident about its correctness. I would feel happy if you visited one of my hubs and posted a comment as that would motivate me to make more hubs. Thank you.

      Cheers

      Rema

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      sunbun143, no problem! It's a great hub!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      emilybee, that's great that you go back to the older hubs to fix them up. It's also a good practice to leave the hub unpublished for a day and then going back to it. I know of quite a few people who do that, myself included. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! :)

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      sunbun143 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks for linking to "How to Write 'Right'"!

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      I love editing through my hubs, but some of my old hubs are not the greatest - I've been slowing fixing up some of those ones :) Having good transitions IS important. I usually do a hub, rough-draft or so and leave it unpublished, then go to bed and mull over in my head what I have written. While laying down, new ideas sometimes pop into my head or ways to clarify things better so I can change them later. Great hub! voted up.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      sunbun143, please don't think I'm going to be the grammar police now! ;) Homophones/homonyms are probably the most misused words in the English language (I'll have to go do some research on that!). They're one of the reasons why English is difficult to learn.

      I'm on my way to check out your new hub! I'm sure it's great. :D Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      sunbun143 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I just found this hub but it says everything I've been thinking...some mistakes are clearly typos, but some are just fundamentally wrong! I, too, hate homophone misunderstandings or misusage...I just wrote a hub including a long list of commonly misused words. Hope you get a chance to look it over. Please correct me if I'm wrong or have a glaring typo/grammar mistake anywhere in my hub! Thanks!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Victoria Lynn, thanks for reading and commenting! I find that transitions are often neglected as a part of effective writing. Plus, it would drive me crazy as a teacher when I taught the concept to my students and then found some of them using a transition in every sentence. Yikes!

      I'll have to go read your new hub and link it to this one as well. :D

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great article! I just wrote one about proofreading your own work. I may link yours to mine, as it reinforces it and gives some additional things to consider. I didn't think about checking for transitions. I love your example. Enjoyed this one! Many votes!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      EuroNinila, it's always good to have a refresher course. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Great info. I need to freshen up on my writing skills myself. Thanks!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      lonnymarie, I'm glad this hub was helpful! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      lonnymarie 5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks! As a Spanish native speaker I need to learn a lot of editing techniques to be able to start writing in English. :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Turtlewoman, I'm glad you take the time to work on your hubs! Too many new hubbers don't take that little extra time to make sure their hub is polished enough to be published... I guess that English teacher would make a ton of money from all the editing she'd be asked to do! ;) Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for writing such a great post. I am still inexperienced when it comes to writing so it usually takes me forever and a day to finish a Hub. I can never remember where the colons and semi colons go, etc...wish I had an English teacher to edit all my hubs! ;-)

      Thanks again!

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Hahah the paddle, agh! Next time I get trigger-happy with that publish button I will remember the teacher's paddle...wont be a problem again :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Ardie, that 'publish' button taunts me too as I write a hub, especially if I have been working on it for a while, but the English teacher in me knows better (and would hit me with a paddle if I didn't) to edit before publishing... ;) It does take time, but it's so worth it. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      This is excellent information. I am guilty of publishing a Hub and THEN reading through it to look for mistakes. Usually I can make the edits and have them taken care of before anyone comments or really reads the Hub. But I need to make more of an effort to proofread and edit BEFORE hitting that little button :) I learned that last night when Sunshine625 left a comment on a hub that contained TWO errors, yikes!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      mj2991, I'm glad you found this useful. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      mj2991 5 years ago from Pehawar

      Thank you so much this is 1000% better ,to be honest i have no word's to say for great help , some of you will consider me (hi mj you are going crazy) ,, once again thank you soo muchhhh ,for helping keep going up !

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      kelleyward, that's where reading your work outloud comes into play. Commas are visual cues that the reader must take a short pause. Too many pauses (not accounting for lists and necessary commas, of course) and there are too many commas. Good luck with your writing! :)

      alphagirl, typo errors are very common. It's best to read aloud, like you have discovered here. I'm sure your writing will improve the more you write! Thanks for commenting! :)

      cclitgirl, you jinxed me! My score is back down again! Just kidding. ;) It fluctuates so much, doesn't it? I'm glad you like my writing advice. Thanks for voting up, up, and up! :)

      andersonmoore, thank you very much for your kind words. This kind of thing came naturally to me as I have taught the same concepts in my classroom for years. Plus, I really enjoy helping others. It's the teacher in me, I guess! Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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      andersonmoore 5 years ago from USA

      Superb, mind-blowing, I would like to say thanks for this great efforts you have made in writing this article. I hope the same best work from you in the future as well. Keep it up!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      And (yes, I know, I started a sentence with "and") with a score of 100, we need to take your advice! Thanks for the tips. You're awesome! :) Voted up and up and up!!

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      I am guilty of typo errors. I think I get so excited about about the tpoic, I am tyoing as I speak in my head. I like your idea of reading aloud. I often go back to hubs I re-read, tweak and I find the errors. I think hubbing it hard in that those who are truly not great at grammer have flaws. Unless someone designs a spell checkers that corrects sentence structure, there will always be some so-so one's out there. I also think the so-so one's will not stay here long. I hope my writing improves with each hub. I enjoy hubbing because its fun to share and meet other hubbers. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Yeah but certainly not perfect. I tend to use more commas than I should among other errors.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      kelleyward, I'm glad to hear you're so careful about your editing. :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Thanks for your hub. I am kind of OCD in my revisions. Sometimes I revise 5-8 times before publishing. It's time consuming but usually much better after I'm finished.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Thanks for your hub. I am kind of OCD in my revisions. Sometimes I revise 5-8 times before publishing. It's time consuming but usually much better after I'm finished.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks, shea duane!

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      shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

      amen

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      MamaNeedsJava, thanks for reading! I love how you worded what we feel often when hub hopping: there are so many "great idea[s] trapped in careless writing". If only more people would be careful about their writing we would all learn so much! :)

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      Bea Toome 5 years ago from Undisclosed

      Thank you for your efforts to make the web a better place. It's always depressing to hop past a great idea trapped in careless writing.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      rosika, I'm glad you found my hub 'brilliant' and voted up! Thanks for reading. :)

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      rosika 5 years ago

      That is very brilliant summary of how to write an understandable writing...voted up!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Sinea Pies, it really is valuable to read our work aloud before submitting; thanks for the reminder! There should be a window that pops up in our newly published hubs with a HubPages mascot that asks "Have you read your hub aloud today?". It'd be hysterical, but it might work! Thanks for stopping by again! :)

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Again, I cannot reiterate enough how valuable it is to read our work aloud before submitting. It works!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      alphagirl, even the poorest of writers can write a perfectly written article after much editing! No need to be an English teacher or an editor. It just takes some time and a bit of knowledge of spelling and proper grammar, which can be found anywhere on the internet. Mix that with editing techniques and voila! You can have a great article that is well written and easy to understand.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Caerleon, I write all of my hubs in Word first. That way, any silly spelling or obviously wrong grammatical error is shown to me even before I do any of my own editing, plus as you said I can save it and come back to it later. It's like adding an extra easy step.

      I bet as a fellow teacher it does drive you nuts to read some of the poorly written articles. If a writer wants to get a point across, he/she must write about it clearly or the reader loses interest. It's probably the same concept as what you stress to students when they complete classwork or homework, right?

      I think it's awesome that you email your work to your friends before you publish it. The more editors, the merry!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      missolive, I'm glad you tweak your articles as much as I do! When I find simple mistakes in my own writing, I get so annoyed since I should know better. Sometimes, when you're in a writing zone and just want to get everything in your head in writing, it's so easy to make mistakes. The point is to go back and fix them. :)

      Glad to hear from you! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      Hmmm, Editing is not my strength. Maybe hub pages needs a better editing program for writers. We all have different strengths and writing cohesive where it is all perfect isn't possible unless you are an english teacher or editor. Where does that leave the rest of the bloggers? I find going back to something i posted a month ago helps with a fresh eye. there is always room for improvement...LOL Thanks for the tips.

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      Caerleon 5 years ago from USA

      Yes, I'm not an English teacher but I am a teacher. Some of these Hubs drive me nuts. I find myself correcting them instead of reading them. Don't get me wrong. I can't spell to save my life, but if the Hub has so many mistakes that it drives the reader to distraction we lose out on why it was written in the first place. Since I spell so poorly I will cut and paste my writing into Word to spell check it. It doesn't catch everything but it does help. Sometimes I'll even write my whole Hub in Word first. Partly because the "walk away" is one of my favorite tools too. I can e-mail it to my friends for a revision also. I wonder how many spelling mistakes I made in this comment? :-D

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      @ktrapp - I read and reread out loud myself. I will ALWAYS find something as well.

      @ThePracticalMommy - this is a great hub! Great tips. You are right in regard to your recent comment to ktrapp - writing is never a finished product. I'm constantly tweaking - even my published hubs. What is worse is when I find a serious error. It just irks me! lol Thank you for sharing such a great hub. I'm always glad to read your work. :)

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      ktrapp, a good teacher friend of mine has always told me that writing will never have an actual finished product--as time goes on, there's always something you can find to improve or add due to new perspectives. Walking away from your writing is a good way to see it fresh the next time you read it. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      I read anything I've written out loud several times as you suggest. And if time permits, I walk away from it for a day, and then read it aloud again. Invariably, I always still find something to improve and/or correct.

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      jloeding, I haven't heard of going into another room to read aloud, but I guess that certainly would give you a different perspective. Thanks for sharing that idea and for reading! :)

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      jloeding 6 years ago from Lafayette, LA

      This was an extremely helpful hub. Thank you for your insight regarding finding errors. One other way that I was taught was to go into another room to read aloud. Why? I do not know, but I think maybe it give you a different perspective. Thanks for sharing.

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      Rebecca E., I'm glad you are going to bookmark this for future reference. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      JeniferRW, I'm glad you found this to be helpful. Have fun trying some of the editing techniques! :)

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      I wish i had read this a lot earlier, it would have saved me a lot of grief. For oen thing, my editing would have improved a lot faster. I'llbe bookmakring this for reference.

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      Jen 6 years ago from Couch

      Really informative hub! I do none of these things so far LOL so my plan is to go back to the ones I have already written and try these tips. Half of this, I honestly, never even thought about doing even though some is common sense. Thanks again! Voted up/useful/interesting/awesome/funny

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      Jo_Goldsmith11, sounds like you're a busy woman with school and starting a business! Good luck with everything!

      Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      shea duane, I think it's in our blood as English teachers to go a little nuts when we see poor grammar and spelling... ;) That's when we need to step in and help, just like we'd help our students.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

      hello! I really appreciate you sharing this. Great information and I am sure it works because I do this myself. I am in school again. I study for two english classes. The classes are on line and it is with my local college. I am paying per class. I wish to be the very best for my clients. I have started a publishing business. I am my first client. A success of my first book too! I might be interested in hiring you? When I am ready to hire. I voted up! Thank you! :))

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      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      Thank you! I'm an English teacher, also. Sometimes I go a little nuts reading badly written hubs.

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      blog8withJ, I'm glad I could remind you to spell-check and review your writings. :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      blog8withJ 6 years ago

      Useful hub. Thanks for sharing. My weaknesses are I don't spell-check and review my writings. This hub is a sort of reminder for me. Thank you!

      Keep up!

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      Kristin Halsted, welcome to HubPages! I'm glad you found my hub. HubPages is really working to make this a high quality site, so I was trying to help new and existing hubbers with their editing. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Kristin Halsted 6 years ago

      I'm brand new to Hub Pages and just sorta stumbled upon this hub. I'm so glad to see someone addressing this subject. Even though I'm new to this site, I've also been shocked by how many Hubs full of useful content are really difficult to read due to bad grammar and conventions. As a journalism major in college, the grammar part of writing was drilled into me and I cringe when I see obvious mistakes. Hopefully people will heed your advice! Well done!

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      Debby Bruck, glad you share the same ideas about editing! Thanks for reading, commenting and voting. :)

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello ThePracticalMommy ~ I use these techniques and tell folks on my network all the time the same basic principles. Vote up! Debby

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      greatlove, you have to love our brains that help us out when we're writing. ;) Thanks for voting up and commenting!

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      greatlove 6 years ago from Beaufort, NC

      I do all of the following and catch most of my errors..I say most because sometimes my wee little brain automatically puts in the word I left out...kinda like my cell phone..hahaha Great hub I voted it up! Thanks for sharing...

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      danfresnourban, you got it right: many readers immediately leave poorly written hubs and never return, which can be devastating for the writer. It's important to take your time and edit before publishing a hub. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      danfresnourban 6 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you for writing this primer on writing. I am guilty of rushing through things and leaving mistakes in my wake. It is important to deliver an error free story or readers will immediately leave your hub and never return.

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      Sinea Pies, I could never get my students to understand the first time they heard me say to read their writing aloud, but it really does make a difference, as they found out! Thanks so much for leaving a comment! :)

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      My first paid online writing job was for Ehow. One of my first articles was returned to me with a note from the Editor saying "Did you remember to read this aloud before submitting it? You would have caught your mistakes if you had." That observation stuck with me. He was right. Now I do it faithfully and it works.

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      lisabeaman, I'm glad you came across me in the hopper and decided to read my hubs. I really appreciate that!

      That's a good idea to let the hub sit for a few days and then re-reading it as if it's a new piece. I'm sure you can catch many errors or areas that need improvement that way. Thanks for commenting! :)

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      lisabeaman 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      What's funny is I found one of your hubs in the hub hopper and followed you because of your writing. Your points at the beginning of this hub rang true! If your hub had had poor grammar, spelling errors, or formatting, I never would have looked any further and I never would have found this hub!

      The trick I use in editing my own hubs is to sit on them a few days before I publish them. Then after a day or so, I re-read it as if reading it for the first time. This probably works the same as reading it out loud. I always find errors when I do this.

      Keep up the good work :)

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      nmd777, thanks so much for your comment! I don't have any hubs about commas or semisolons, unfortuneately. I know there are other hubbers who have written about those concerns; perhaps you can read their work.

      And no problem about the comment! I enjoy reading fellow hubbers' hubs. :)

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      nmd777 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Great Advice. I seem to have an issue with my commas and semicolons. Do you have any hubpages regarding that? If not, maybe that is one you could consider. I would definitely read it!! Thanks for your comment on my hub by the way!

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      Tracy Lynn Conway, I'm glad you read your hubs aloud. You made the English teacher very happy! A+ ;) Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      What a popular hub, it took so long to scroll down and get here to make a comment and now I hope I don't make any errors since the English teacher will be reading.

      Great tips, I do read my hubs aloud. Voted up and useful.

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      Krysanthe, I really like the idea of changing the font when editing! I wish I thought of that when I was still teaching; my students would have loved that tip when typing and editing their longer writing assignments. I'll have to give that a try myself. Thanks for sharing!

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      laidbacklady, thanks for reading! I'm glad you agree with me about the poor grammar and texting language; I really don't think they have any place here on a quality site like HP. I appreciate your vote!

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      Lyn.Stewart, I'm glad you liked my tips. Thanks for reading!

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      Kathy Hull 6 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      I remember learning the reading aloud technique years and years ago, it is truly amazing what you can find that way. The other thing I learned a long time ago, is changing the font. For some reason this really works too, maybe because you are looking at it differently. Great Hub!

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      Linda 6 years ago from Plumsted Township, NJ

      Thanks for the hub, ThepracticalMommy! Your advice applies here and basically anywhere else on the web where you may be writing or blogging. And I quite agree, the text language and poor grammar that has been appearing in some of the most recent hubs posted is extremely annoying--and like you I have hopped right on past them. No offense intended to any of the writers.

      Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Lyn.Stewart 6 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      Normally I use spellchecker as I am aware that I'm not the best speller in the world. I normally like to read my hub over before submitting a few days after writing it.

      In saying that I am also aware that my spellchecker is set on New Zealand spelling. I have due to finances posted a couple of hubs that have not been checked properly first.

      These are great tips. Thank you for writing them

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      u01dtj6, I agree that taking a break from editing a hub and going back to it later can help the writer to pick up on anything that was missed or any typos. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      u01dtj6 6 years ago

      Thank you for the great advice! I do think we should read our hubs again before publishing. Sometimes, it is worthwhile to leave the hub after making improvements, and go back to it later. A break can do the world of good, and you may pick up on typos you may not have noticed before.

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you very much, reena_yadav!

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      reena_yadav 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Hi ThePracticalMommy,

      A great and useful hub. Voted up !! :)

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for reading, Sylvia! :)

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      Sylvia Leong 6 years ago from North Vancouver (Canada)

      This is awesome, thank you!

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      Northernwriter, it certainly true that the easier an article is to read, the more people will read it and it can become very successful. Thanks so much for reading!

      PWalker281, it would be a great idea to make a list of common mistakes and write hubs about how to fix those mistakes! This site strives towards excellence in writing, so why not help each other achieve that goal? The English teacher in me recognized this, so instead of automatically turning down poorly written articles, I decided to write this hub as a teaching opportunity to hopefully reach those who need some guidance in writing. I appreciate that you feel the same way. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! :)

      JamaGenee, I like your tip of leaving a hub unpublished for a few days to catch any extra mistakes that were missed. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Thank you so much for writing this! However, I doubt those who need it most will read it. (Sorry.) I occasionally hub hop, but on hubs full of grammar, spelling and/or syntax errors, I don't hesitate to flag them for review. HP is a writing site after all, and HP staff can't possibly review each of the thousands of hubs published every day, hence the request at the top of the Hub Hopping page to "Help us out here". They rely on us, HP members, to flag not only "bad" but "so-so" hubs that could be great hubs with a bit of the editing you list here.

      Another trick I use and strongly recommend is to leave a new hub unpublished for a couple of days. Not only does this give you one more opportunity to catch any spelling or grammar errors you may have missed previously, the hub will have a higher score from the start.

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      I was just thinking the other day that instead of getting frustrated and angry when I see grammatical mistakes in other peoples' hubs and articles, I could just as easily make a list of the mistakes I see and write hubs on how to correct them. I've come across two articles since then, including yours, ThePracticalMommy, that do just that! Rated up and useful!

      And welcome to HubPages and congrats on your Hubnugget nomination! Looks like you won!

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      northernwriter 6 years ago

      It's amazing how many Internet writers forget the very basics, or think that they don't matter. What you post on the 'net will likely be there for a very long time, and the easier it is to read, the more successful you will be at getting your message out! Thanks for the article, and may you write many more on this topic.

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      LRCBlogger, thanks so much for reading and commenting! P.S. Your comment looks fine! ;)

      WannaB Writer, I always got a kick out of reading some of my students' essays where auto-correct changes one of the misspelled words. You never know how auto-correct can completely change the context of a sentence! Thanks so much for reading. I appreciate your wish to link to my hub! :)

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Thanks for writing this. I hope the people who need it most will find and read it. I have also written about this subject on many different sites. One has to be careful of spell checkers, since they don't catch homophones. I especially have to beware of the auto-correct feature, since it doesn't always know which word I was looking for and changes a misspelled word to one I never intended it to be. Because it leaves no red line for reviewing it, these errors can't be noticed unless you read aloud or at least read thoughtfully. A backwards check wouldn't catch these either, since they are correctly spelled.

      It's a shame we can't post automatic links to this hub when we are hub hopping. As a Squidoo angel, I also would like to refer those who mangle my mother tongue to an article such as this, but these are normally the same people who don't edit their bios and they leave no way to contact them privately.