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Every Writer Needs a Good Editor: An Excerpt From Write Like You Mean It

Every writer needs a good editor. It doesn't matter if you're a college student who needs an extra set of eyes for an important paper or a savvy journalist whose next piece must be accurate and readable before it goes to print.

You could also be an aspiring writer chipping away at your first novel, a veteran with hundreds of skins on the wall, or someone who likes to write on the side.

A quality editor shapes your writing.

They help it look the way you meant it to be by fixing the following:

* Spelling mistakes

* Grammatical errors

* Formatting issues

* Style inconsistencies

* Plot holes and weak transitions

* Confusing language

* Issues with flow and clarity

* Misuse of words

* Factual errors

* Anything else that hurts the piece

Ever wondered what qualities a good editor should possess? Click here. And if you need a quality editor, give Edit This® a call at 469-360-3611 to schedule a free consultation.

Honoring the Editing Process

Sometimes, an editor's job may only involve minor tweaks and suggestions, and other times, their constructive criticism requires a complete rewrite on your part. But the result will hopefully be a final piece that is error-free and something you and your readers will enjoy.

In Chapter 12 of my book, Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word, I wrote about honoring the editing process. When it comes to writing and editing, you can't have one without the other. Writers must know how to edit their own writing, help others edit theirs, and have another editor in their corner to catch whatever was missed.

Here's a brief excerpt from that chapter:

I fancy myself a clean writer, but I wouldn't be where I am today without some great editors by my side. I can't tell you how many times the copy desk has caught errors or called me to suggest a better way of writing a sentence. I want to grow as a writer, so I crave that communication. But there are writers out there who are too afraid to have their work criticized. As a result, they won't grow. Their articles will always leave something to be desired, their books won't sell, and if they are a freelance writer, they will run the risk of losing out on writing opportunities.

How can you get your hands on Write Like You Mean It?

This book is for writers of all experience levels, genres, and professional pursuits. Whether you’re a journalist, college writer, aspiring freelancer, or future novelist, this book is for you, so you too can Write Like You Mean It!

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Thank you for reading!

STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This®, a writing and editing services company in Denton, TX. He is also the author of Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.

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