Reviewing your article means seeing your article through new eyes. One of the best ways to review an article is to have someone else read it and then give you his or her impressions of what’s working and what needs work. It takes a mature writer to be able to handle feedback on a work-in-progress. However, once you’ve finished a solid draft, it’s time to put the piece out there for others to read. How else will you begin to see it through new eyes?    

Ask someone you trust to read your article.

1. On the first pass, have your reader underline the sections he finds striking or original and draw squiggly lines under sections that don’t seem to be working.

2. Ask your reader to say back to you what happens in the article, point by point, without referencing the text. Take careful notes, especially when the reader’s memory or understanding falters.

3. Ask your reader to read your article out loud, one section at a time. Have the reader stop and describe the images he sees while reading each section. Take copious notes.

4. Ask your reader to doubt everything that happens in your article.

5. Ask your reader to believe everything that happens in your article.