critiquing / editing / self-editing / Uncategorized

Making Sense: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. Examples of Issues with Making Sense: In the following cases, the writer might want to consider some changes to … Continue reading

concise writing / editing / self-editing

Awkward word order: examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. Examples of Issues with Awkward Word Order: In the following cases, the writer might want to consider changing … Continue reading

beta readers / editing / English Second Language (ESL) writers / languages / self-editing / showing vs telling / writer's and self-editor's reference library

Common Editing Issues in English-Second-Language Manuscripts

Common issues on ESL manuscripts Below is a list of issues I found when editing a series of stories by an author who speaks English quite well, but for whom English is definitely a second language, and that is reflected in her writing. I have edited for ESL writers from many language backgrounds, and these … Continue reading

editing / hiring editors / self-editing

An Editor’s Overall Comments for a Free Sample Edit

This is part 9 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to … Continue reading

beta readers / critiquing / editing / hiring editors / self-editing

An Editor’s Comments About The Editing Process

This is part 2 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are from actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to … Continue reading

editing / punctuation / self-editing

An Editor’s Comments About Commas

Introduction to “An Editor’s Comments” series: Over the next while, I’ll be posting samples of comments that I have made to my editing and proofreading clients. Some will be on “technical” aspects, like today’s topic, “commas.” Others will be on things like style, choosing a publishing method, considering your audience, or developing a theme. My … Continue reading

beta readers / self-editing / writers' groups / writing partners

Working with a Partner, Writers’ Group, & Beta-Readers

This is #4 of a series of 5 posts with tips and tasks related to self-editing. See the links at the bottom of the post for other articles in this series. Your writing group–or partner–or beta readers–might not be quite as hilarious as Buster Keaton’s writing group, but you can still have a great time … Continue reading