I found this post the other day and since I've been editing, I thought it was very timely. Enjoy.
By: Terry Odell
Excerpt: As an editor, it’s important for me to take every word and placement of punctuation seriously in an author’s work. I’m a perfectionist by nature, so when I’m editing I read for both content and line edit. When I first sit down to read a manuscript, I determine the point of view the story is written in, then I look for details on setting, character description, and a great hook into the story. Next, having a strong character leading the reader into the story, and having enough character depth for that reader to empathize with the character. As I’m reviewing a manuscript, I check for consistency in the plot and characters, correct grammar, spelling, and making sure the author is not pushing the suspension of disbelief with different elements of the plot or character’s actions.
When it comes to things like repeated words, phrases, or actions, I make a mental list. If I see a word too many times in a section, I’ll make a note to have the writer check the number of times that word is used. Or, alternatively, I’ll make suggestions for the writer. For instance, using “glanced” or “glared” instead of “looked.” I also check for things like making sure the correct usage of hyphens versus the em-dash is used, quotation marks are facing the correct way, spacing is correct between words and sentences, etc. Editing can be a challenge, but to me it’s pure joy to be able to help writers bring their stories to life.
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Happy writing & running, Kathy
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