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Editing lessons I have learned from tradies #8

We can write something that is perfectly correct in terms of spelling, grammar and punctuation. It’s understandable, it’s fit for purpose. However, all writing should be more than that. When we write, we need to have a clear picture in our minds of our ideal reader, our avatar, and write in their language in ways that they will respond to. A professional editor is your first unbiased reader. With a few pertinent questions, they will be able to help you target your ideal reader and polish your prose to engage them.

Editing lessons I have learned from tradies #7

If you leave a typo in your writing, even just one eeny-weeny one, and someone unfortunately notices it, that is all they will remember. However, to avoid this, it does pay to check everything you write before pressing ‘send’ or ‘post’! A professional editor can review your writing and pick up on the tiny errors that occur, transforming your reader’s experience into something enjoyable, profound or thought-provoking.

Editing lessons I have learnt from tradies #6

‘I’ve got myself in a knot. I got tangled up in my story and now I don’t know how to fix it.’ If that's you, hiring a professional editor could be the salvation of your book, life story or in fact any piece of long-form writing you are embarked upon.

Editing lessons I have learned from tradies #5

Sometimes, one big writing glaring error hides a number of other minor ones. But your subconscious brain notices every single one! It tries to cope with them all, but if there are too many, it switches off. The result is you stop reading. Is this what you want to happen to readers with your writing? Check everything!

Editing lessons from tradies #4

When is a good idea not a good idea? When it isn’t relevant to your main message. Don't be carried away by fine words. Writing needs to have continuity of flow for the reader to be able to understand its full message.

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