The Art of Rewriting: Tips for Freelancers

The reasons for rewriting are varied, depending on what your topic is, what the desired approach is, what the assigned word count may be. For most writers, addressing the following concerns when rewriting is paramount.

  • Exceeding of the number of words to be written in the original post
  • Covering the important topics and sub-topics from the original draft
  • Organization of writing material to allow reader to follow from one-step to the next
  • Spelling of words correctly in the new draft
  • Writing of too much on a sub-topic that is irrelevant
  • Underwriting for a major sub-topic from the original text
  • Providing effective transitions between one major section and the next
  • Is there a paragraph or two that need to be moved to another location in the article because the materials are more closely related to details elsewhere?
  • Writing of irrelevant and off topic paragraphs or groups of sentences.

An editor knows a writing disaster when it shows up in hard copy or in an email attachment. Plenty of practice to rewrite your paper will make your work better in organization, flow, and word choice with time.


During the actual rewriting the first stage is use, the rough draft to help improve the content is critical. You need to focus on the following tenets and guidelines in this section to ensure that the content makes adequate sense and is valuable to fresh readers.

  • Topic coverage has to be thorough whilst borrowing from the initial draft
  • Avoiding to omit the important subjects from the original article especially when you have to say more with less words
  • Giving the article a favorable body that that has a logical beginning, middle and end
  • Ensure that all the relevant points are present in the new article
  • Intelligently relocating some sections in the article to ensure that they make sense

After this has been done, you need to check the draft to ensure:

  • Presence of main points in the paragraph
  • Transition phases within paragraphs
  • Opening paragraph strength to supporting paragraphs
  • Concluding paragraph-check whether it wrap things up for the reader.

In the third and final stage of the rewriting, look at the flow of words and phrases:

  • Listen to the correct pronunciation of vocabulary words.
  • Check the word choice-find out if it is always concrete and vivid or overly sprinkled with words that make no images for the reader.
  • Check use of any technical terms that need a definition, in order to keep the reader with you
  • Opening of the article-is it with strong, vivid, interest-inducing terms and conclusion using strong note in terms of vocabulary
  • Check over-use of words or phrases- Look for synonyms, to keep your reader from making a mental count.

Where freelancers rewrite to be paid, most of them write in a rush. In the end, they think their work perfect and polished, yet end up making many inexcusable mistakes that cost them.

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