Do I Really Need an Editor?

If you write about a subject you know intimately or are passionate about, it’s easy to assume that others will understand your prose.

However, that’s not always the case. An editor can spot jargon or terms that might not be clear or familiar to your readers.

An editor will recognize when a different word or phrase would clarify a point.

An editor can ask questions to guide you through a rewrite that more accurately, or more concisely, or more powerfully expresses your thoughts.

An editor knows the intricacies of punctuation, ensuring that your writing will pass muster with even the most discriminating reader.

Can a friend — even one who majored in English — be an effective editor? Probably not. A friend won’t want to hurt your feelings or risk compromising your relationship, so you likely won’t get the unbiased feedback and constructive suggestions that can improve your work.

An editor is skilled in working with words and punctuation, knows smooth from choppy syntax, and will be objective about every aspect of your writing.

Whether it’s a project report, a press release, a blog or an article for a trade publication, it likely will be more readable with input from a qualified editor.

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