Archive: Editing

The First Draft is Just That: a Draft

The First Draft is Just That: a Draft

Instead of straining to write the first version of a communication, just relax and write; that’s what a draft is for. If you ever moved into a house or an apartment, you know that your initial concern is simply getting the boxes and furniture into the new...
Writing Criticism: Negative Feedback can be Helpful

Writing Criticism: Negative Feedback can be Helpful

People take writing criticism personally, but negative feedback can be helpful by focusing on what you need to work on.   Because writing is personal expression, people are sensitive to criticism, so they won’t ask others to read their work, and they often...
How to Be a Coaching Editor and Help Writers Develop

How to Be a Coaching Editor and Help Writers Develop

A business manager who wants to get the most out of her writers should be a coaching editor who builds a collaborative relationship. Managers might not think of themselves as editors, but they are, given that they oversee the written content that their team produces....
Think Like a Writer AND an Editor

Think Like a Writer AND an Editor

The writing craft requires that you think like both a writer and an editor because at the end of the drafting process, the two tasks are intertwined. Writing has three phases: drafting, revising, where you make changes and rewrite, and then editing. Many people think...

Be Careful when Removing “That”

The word “that” is often unnecessary, but not always. Be sure you don’t cause readers to stumble. “Get rid of ‘that’; you don’t need it” is common advice, but as is often true with nuggets of wisdom about writing, it...