Editing and Proofreading

Whether you are polishing your own work or someone else’s, revision is an art that can make the difference between a communication that confounds or one that leads to action and understanding. You will learn:

  • The three levels of editing, and the difference between editing and proofreading
  • When to re-write (Stephen King knows)
  • “Reverse branching” as a way to provide logical progression and organize something that seems to be a complete mess
  • Tricks of the pros for endings that get the reader involved
  • The one most important question you need to ask before editing

The Editing and Proofreading workshop shows you how to:

  • Substitute simple, straightforward language that has impact for convoluted phrases that weigh your message down
  • Create a tone that is persuasive–polite, courteous and informational
  • Apply the ancient principle of “ducle et utile” as a test of your finished piece
  • Judge how the audience will respond
  • Test readability, especially when presenting technical material to non-technical readers

Would you rather have someone else experienced do the editing for you? Editing and Proofreading are available as one-to-one consultation or as a service, where I will outright edit or proof your work for you. See the Services section of this website for details.