Essential writing skills: avoiding ‘ftumch’ and line-editing for quality instead

Line editing – the painstaking, detailed process of checking every single letter, space and piece of punctuation in a manuscript – is by far the most crucial part of any publishing process. A piece filled with typos is annoying. It smacks of sloppiness. A sloppy manuscript delivered to a potential agent or publisher won’t fare … More Essential writing skills: avoiding ‘ftumch’ and line-editing for quality instead

Essential writing skills: key tricks for proof-editing

In the past few weeks I’ve been exploring the ins and outs of editing – a skill of many facets that authors have to master. This week: proof editing. Proof-editing is an essential part of the quality assurance process for writers. It involves an editor going through the work looking for consistency of content, consistency … More Essential writing skills: key tricks for proof-editing

Essential writing skills: tricks for better content editing

Content editing is the part of writing that takes an author from their ‘bad first draft’ to their ‘good final version’. It’s also called ‘polishing’, sometimes ‘crafting’. But it’s all the same thing – it’s about taking that raw draft and reviewing the material. For me it’s the fun part of writing. But it’s also … More Essential writing skills: tricks for better content editing

Essential writing skills: introducing the three sorts of editing

I’m often asked how it is that I manage to write so much in such a short time. The key word here is ‘process’ – and when it comes to process, one of the biggest time pay-offs is editing. It’s a process, like any other – and a system can pay dividends. Editing falls into … More Essential writing skills: introducing the three sorts of editing