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Perks of Being an Editor
- Knowing more about Journalism
- Grammar Skills
- More Creativity
- Better Communication
- Advancement of Experience
- Advancement in English
- Knowledge of Publishing, and Communicating Tools
Editor Tutorial Heaven
All pro editors always start as an amateur editor from the very beginning when they joined here. So don't worry, and don't rush. Take time, and continue on by editing, because as you edit, you are already gaining experience. As you gain experience, in the future, you can be an experienced editor, and maybe even a pro.
1. Let the Words Do Its Thing One at a Time
Based by my experience, all words are important building blocks, not junk & trash. You are the words' tool. So be careful when either fixing them or using them.
It is really important to keep long sentences, shorter, but more muscular ones. Don't make the sentences shorter, if it has no sense or idea into it. Make sure that short sentences is high quality, with more info into it. This is a technique, that can be made useful. If you really can't make the sentences short, then maintain the long sentences instead. But make sure that they are NOT repeated over, and over again. Make it worth it.
Avoid parallelism. Parallelism is when you make sentences, but each sentence has the same idea. Please avoid repetition. If you encounter this, take out the repetitive words, and start combining the related-topic sentences into one.
One paragraph supports a single idea. Construct complex arguements, by combining simple ideas that follow logically. Every time you address a new idea, add a line break, and start a new paragraph. This is a technique to avoid any confusion. Short paragraphs are the most readable. A short paragraph should contain about 3 to 4 sentences, while a long paragraph should contain about 5 to 8 sentences. Short paragraphs are recommended, if you're writing for a website.
2. Exclusion of Unnecessary Words
Extra words are really unnecessary. It can drain life from your effort-made work. A lot of extra words just adds up the same meaning from the original word.
Example: I love
the December Month
The country will watch the
whole APEC meeting.
We all know
that it is good.
You can improve the sentences by editing them in few words. The future of simplicity, folks.
3. Grammar Check, & Spelling Check
Nothing wrong with double checking your grammar, and spelling. Go to websites that provides a grammar, and speling checker. That way, you can also learn its spelling, and upgrade your grammar skills.
4. Practice Makes Perfect
"Practice Makes Perfect" - But then, nobody is perfect. So why practice?
Answer: If you aim perfection, you will gain excellence.
Go on to other wikis, and try your best to edit. Apply the previous the advice as your guide to your wiki experience, and journey, Remember, take your time. As beginners, always know patience if you were corrected by your edit. Instead of raging, and picking a fight with user who changed your edit, just look at the change and try to learn from it. You can also review on well-done articles, so that you can know more of their sentence structure, and format.
5. Catching Errors
Catch wrong grammar, and the misspelling of words. These are unacceptable, and should be fixed. Look also for inconsistencies. Look for instances where the information doesn't match up, or was incorrectly changed. Question facts, and other information. If there are other errors that are specific to the subject, and you are not sure, you may verify to someone else who knows the subject. Do not be afraid to ask for verification or clarification towards a subject. Remember, it is better to be sure, rather than to be unsure about it, remaining like it is still a mystery.
- Words are building blocks, and you are the tool to make them, and fix them.
- Stay in topic, and maintain one idea in a paragraph.
- Avoid parallelism; it is an annoying repetition of sentences.
- Omit the unnecessary words
- Always check your grammar, and spelling, by using a checker on a website.
- Do not rush to be a pro. It takes time, so chill.
- Always practice, and learn from your mistakes.
- Always do your best.
- Apply these to your everyday wiki life journey.
- Maintain patience.
- Try to catch errors in articles, and always clarify if you're unsure of something.
- Have fun.
Hope these help. Have a great day!