The Ecstasy of Editing

Okay, maybe it’s not quite that blissful, but it is enjoyable . . . this from an editor/proofreader who truly likes her [presently part-time] job.

As a cross between a developmental and line editor, I can become rather exuberant with the task(s) at hand.  I may remove a lot of words (glaringly incorrect or no-value add ones) . . . or insert them, if I believe the story will benefit from a bit of tweaking.  I never, however, do anything willy-nilly; “logic” behind the updates is always provided.

It’s quite satisfying to be able to assist/support fellow writers, improve their writing, polish their voice—and, ultimately, transform their work into the best it can be.

Editing isn’t for everyone, but if you’re considering doing it professionally, I say: go for it.  Follow your desire, your dream.  But there are a few [minor] things you may want to be aware of:

♥   Keen eyes are a must, as is instinct; you have a feeling for what works.  ♥   Excellent communication skills are also required (which probably goes without saying).  ♥   There are long hours, so patience (and persistence) are necessary.  ♥     The pay’s not always great (especially when you start out) but, with time and experience, it can prove relatively rewarding.  ♥   You may burn out from time to time with the heavy load and aforementioned long hours, but that holds true of any job.  ♥   There will be some guaranteed head-scratching now and again when something makes sense only to the writer, but that’s the fun of it—you can fix it.

The purpose of this post?  You know?  I’m not actually sure.  Initially, the plan was to offer background.  That didn’t float my boat.  Then it was, hmm, what about reviewing the types of editing?  Nawwww; I felt a snore or four coming on.

So, I guess all this is to share that I’m really enjoying editing [again] and, hopefully, I’ll be able to do so for many years to come.

vippngboat1abAh, a compact personal post with a positive spin.  Yeah . . . now that floats my boat.  <LOL>

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