Who needs an editor?


I was tempted to just leave it at the first paragraph. Concise, meaningful, true. But it’s a bit flip and less than helpful. So let me elucidate.

There are two kinds of writers: good ones and not-so-good ones. In each category there are subsets. They have different strengths and shortcomings, but they all have one thing in common: they all need an editor.

And it’s nothing personal or judgmental. Your editor is your first reader (or one of them), a new pair of eyes, disinterested, experienced. She focuses on your writing her ability to see what is good about it and what needs work—how to clear away the extraneous so your meaning comes through.

More soon.

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