6 ways an editor can improve your writing

A skilled proofreader and reviser can help you find the right words, cut out excess fluff, crystallize your message and smash through editorial barriers.

Good writing and sharp editing go hand in hand.

If you want your writing to shine, consider working with a professional editor. That’s true whether the work in question is a press release or the first draft of your novel.

What, specifically, are the benefits of working with an editor? Here are six:

1. An editor brings fresh, perceptive eyes. Staring at the same document for hours—or weeks—turns your writing into white noise. An objective third party will spot glaring errors, strengthen weak copy and uncover issues you might not have considered.

2. Editors are unbiased. Editors have no obligation to assuage your feelings or boost your self-esteem. An editor’s duty is to make the work as clear, concise and compelling as possible. The ruthlessness of a skilled editor can be painful, yet learning to “kill your darlings” is your key to better writing.

3. Editors find the best, most effective language. Good editing isn’t just about catching typos. An editor conveys the crux of your ideas in the clearest, most effective language possible.

4. You can get help on your project at the developmental stage. An editor can make sure your ideas are worthwhile. A steady hand early in the process steers you in the right direction.

5. Editors save you time. You could spend another few days (or months) agonizing over your work, or you could hand it off to an editor and move on to another project.

6. An editor will help you distill your message. A good editor won’t try to remake your writing in their own image. Keen editors can extract the root of your message and keep your voice intact.

To elevate and improve your writing, hire an editor today.

Amanda Clark is president of Grammar Chic. A version of this post first appeared on The Red Ink.


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