Nathan W. Bingham
Connecting in a Hyper-Connected World

10 Writing Tips from a Real-Life Editor

Tips, tips, tips.

Blog posts containing tips are a dime a dozen, but every now and then you come across some real gold—tips offered by someone who actually knows what they’re talking about. This is one such occasion.

I had the privilege recently to attend a short seminar on writing and editing. One of the sessions was from Greg Bailey, a real-life editor. During His session he offered the following 10 writing tips.

  1. Know what you’re trying to say.
  2. Never assume your audience knows what you’re trying to say.
  3. Find a creative way to approach / introduce what you’re trying to say.
  4. Write an initial draft quickly.
  5. Be a great revisor.
  6. Get rid of unnecessary words.
  7. Maintain an active voice.
  8. Use simple sentences. “Simple sentences are beautiful.”
  9. Let it rest. “Sleep on it.”
  10. Let it go. “Let it do its job, for good or bad.”