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How to Edit Your Own Writing

How to Edit Your Own Writing Writing is hard, but don’t overlook the difficulty — and the importance — of editing your own work before letting others see it. Here’s how.
Credit...George Wylesol By Harry Guinness Published April 7, 2020Updated April 10, 2020

The secret to good writing is good editing. It’s what separates hastily written, randomly punctuated, incoherent rants from learned polemics and op-eds, and cringe-worthy fan fiction from a critically acclaimed novel. By the time this article is done, I’ll have edited and rewritten each line at least a few times. Here’s how to start editing your own work. Understand that what you write first is a draft It doesn’t matter how good you think you are as a writer — the first words you put on the page are a first draft. Writing is thinking: It’s rare that you’ll know exactly what you’re going to say before you say it. At the end, you need, at the very least, to go back through the draft, tidy everything up and make sure the introduction yo…

Four Easy Accessibility Resolutions for the New Year

January 8, 2020 8:34:58 AM EST Resolutions don't have to be unreasonably hard to be effective and worthwhile. Here are four easy resolutions anyone can make this new year to help broaden their knowledge and bridge the digital divide.

1. Brush up on your accessibility knowledge Whether you're already a seasoned accessibility expert or just looking to learn the basics, there are plenty of resources available to help you keep your skills sharp. This year, make a commitment to continue learning in the way that works for you.
Here are some resources to help:
Accessibility self-paced training coursesAccessibility blogDigital Accessibility NewsletterFree accessibility resources 2. Introduce ten people to digital accessibility Good things are better when they're shared. This year, help ten (or one, or a hundred, whatever number you're comfortable with) people become aware of some of the benefits and practices of accessibility.
You might start by defining accessibility, introduc…