Write, sleep, publish

Don’t publish something immediately after you write it.

Assuming you’re not on deadline, take a day or two and “sleep on it,” as your Grandma might say.

This added time lets the material marinate in your brain. Then, review your writing and you will see ways to cut unnecessary words, insert stronger verbs, double-check facts and add context if needed.

Speaking of reviewing your work, be sure to read it aloud. You will hear clunker sentences that convince you to do some rewriting.

Finally, print a copy of your writing. Reading a hard copy will open your eyes to typos and misspellings you may have missed on your computer.