I believe most writers today not only appreciate the importance of consciously separating editing from writing, but can also recite the oft-repeated technique tips and tricks, such as:
- wait as long as possible before putting on the “editor” hat
- temporarily change the text to a defamiliarizing font
- don’t rely on spelling/grammar checkers
- study lists of overused and troublesome phrases
- work from a hardcopy
- look for something different with each pass
And so on. Here, though, is one you might not have incorporated into your editing routine . . . yet.
This is a Wreadcast, a short-term, informal podcast piece. After about a week, the audio is typically replaced with a text summary (making way for a new Wreadcast).