Editing is essential. As writers, we all need some type of editing. Even me, who is trained in editing, is not the best editor for my own work. There are mistakes that our brains cannot find in our stories, our children. So, editors become our biggest helpers.
What’s great is that some editors will give you a free trial. If it’s a novel, they’ll edit a couple of pages for free. Some will edit a couple of poems for free. It’s not much, but it does give you a sense of their editing style.
There is one big thing to look out for though: positive feedback.
When I was in college, my first creative writing teacher would make us say at least one thing that the story did well. It could be a line we liked or part of the dialogue. But we couldn’t repeat what someone else had said.
She mentioned how it’s not good to only know how you messed up. But it’s also important to know what you’re doing great at. What works for you? What shines in your writing? What are you talented at? Because if you’re not told those parts, how would you know?
I had another class later on where the teacher never mentioned positive feedback at all. But after I spoke up about it, it became a daily task. The other writers loved it.
We write in a world that criticizes us to the bone. It’s essential for your editor to know when to critique and when to praise. It makes the whole process a lot smoother.
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