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Writing Tips #13: Cut it out: Editing

Nobel Laureate, George Wald (1906-1997) said: “We are the products of editing, rather than of authorship.” A not-so-well-edited paper not only garners a low grade, it also makes you look sloppy and careless. You will be remembered for your mistakes! I edit a paper while I am writing it, and again after I finish it. The best practice is to put the paper aside for a day or two, and edit it after your mind has had time to readjust. Yes, that means not waiting until the last minute to write it! Often, you will find that better words can be used, and that you have overlooked minor errors. For instance, edits will make this sentence better:

“The student will have to try and get the paper done by Tuesday.” Edited: “The student must finish the paper by Tuesday.”

Another tip: Not editing your resume properly can be the kiss of death! If you cannot afford to pay someone to edit your work, hone your editing skills. Remember, you are the “product of your editing.”


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