Editing that edifies

Editing with a Vengeance

If you have never had your work subjected to the wiles of a vengeful editor, then maybe you’ve been lucky. Over the years I have edited numerous kinds of documents for a variety of people.  One precept I have tried to maintain is to respect the other person’s work. When you’re wearing an editor’s hat, you’re in a position to guide the writer to become even better.  Shredding their work for the power trip is unethical and not at all helpful.

Give the writer the benefit of the doubt, but naturally point out the most obvious snags such as syntax, grammar, spelling and voice. We all get better with every written piece we craft. Try to avoid getting carried away with all of those editing marks. If you like to scribble, take up an art class.  That may be your true calling after all.