The first thing you need to do when you have original content is to read through it. As you do, put yourself in the shoes of your intended audience. If you were to read your rewrite, would you have an easy time with your content being readable?
Simpler wording makes for better readability
The point of rewriting is to make reading more pleasant. You want them to breeze through your text and feel satisfied afterwards. One way to make sure there’s no difficulty in going through your rewrite is to put your excellent command of the English language to use. It’s time for you to shine.
Proofread many times for a smoother reading experience
Take as many times proofreading your output as possible to ensure that it is free of any typographical or grammatical errors. It’s hard to read content that has errors here and there. Or even if there were just a few, it throws the reader off and some cannot even move past them.
They might even ditch reading your content altogether. So make sure you check them all out.
Simplify sentence construction for clearer text
Another tip is to refrain from writing long, winding compound sentences and paragraphs. Try to break down huge chunks of text to smaller ones to make reading less of a chore for your audience. Most readers will agree that it’s quite challenging to look at big blocks of texts, let alone go through them. Give your audience an uncomplicated time digging through your content. This is crucial for sticky blogging.
Reorganize your rewrite to flow with the reader’s thought process
To enhance the readability of your rewrite even more, give it an excellent structure by organizing the flow of thought. If your original content has great material, but the ideas are all over the place, it will help to draft your own outline and plug in statements where you think they should fall in.
Support this draft by formatting your rewrite in such a way that your content will have easy-to-readjust components. The introduction, body, individual segments, and conclusion must be clear so your reader will know where he is as he reads and will follow your train of thought.
Use headings to make it easier for readers to find key information
Subheadings will come in handy as they will help your reader push through the text. Do a quick scan and find what he needs. In the same way you can employ bullet points that will condense the essential information that a reader needs in concise ways. Letting go of all the fluff.
Use these in parts of your rewrite where you have to enumerate or list down data. Also, do your best to use words in your rewrite that will truly speak to your readers and engage them. It’s time to put your writing prowess to good use as you converse with your audience in your rewrite.
Keep readability in mind when picking out your words
Try not to be too formal or academic in your tone as readers may find your content unpalatable as they are reminded of their days in school studying for an exam. Remember, we want them to have an enjoyable time reading and not burden them with heavy content.
Lastly, make sure that how you start and end your rewrite is more exceptional than the original. It needs to communicate to the reader the reason why he has to read your text.
Set the right expectations with your introduction
Take advantage of your introductory sentences, but keep them crisp and to the point. Refrain from using fluff in your introduction, such as things that the reader might already know about. Similarly, make the most out of your conclusive statements to wrap up what you have talked about in the entire content.
It should focus on the benefits that the reader has gained in reading your text. It should hone in on the solution to the reader’s problem that has been solved by going through your material.
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