Category: Editing

Stop Trying to Make People Like You. Write a Good Sentence and Avoid Overwriting.

Posted April 24, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Stop Trying to Make People Like You. Write a Good Sentence and Avoid Overwriting.

The biggest mistake writers make is wanting to write something people like Not because it’s impossible or that you’re not allowed to shine like the bright star you are—because your desire to write something “amazingly awesome that everyone’s going to love” leads to overwriting. When you try to sound intelligent, you bloat your writing with […]

Your First Draft Should Suck

Posted April 10, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Your First Draft Should Suck

It’s better to write a sucky first draft than a good one. Not because your goal should be to write crap, but because your first draft is ultimately the part of the process where you get everything down. How bad—or good—the draft doesn’t matter. Hitting the end is the beginning, not the end. Editing is […]

What Should I Know Before Hiring a Freelance Editor?

Posted March 13, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
What Should I Know Before Hiring a Freelance Editor?

If you’re making your way through the editing process, you may hit a point where you need a freelance editor. And if you’ve ever searched for one, you know they come in all shapes and sizes—and they’re definitely not all equal. Here’s what you should know to make your search a little easier. 1. Know […]

Typos Happen: Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Posted March 6, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Typos Happen: Don’t Beat Yourself Up

The truth no one wants to acknowledge is that typos happen. They just do. And no amount of poring feverishly over your writing can guarantee a typo-free manuscript, email, or article. Life isn’t perfect; neither is your writing. And what’s worse: more eyes on your writing doesn’t automatically mean you and your team will catch […]