Archive: Editing

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...

Being an Effective Editor: Collaborate with the Writer

Being an effective editor means that you encourage a writer by working collaboratively. One way to do that is to let the writer have a voice. It is a familiar scene: A writer walks into the manager’s office to discuss a draft that the manager has edited, and the...

Structure Sentences for Variety and Emphasis

 We are familiar with the subject-verb-object sentence structure, but a series of consecutive sentences constructed that way is boring to read. Add a little variety to make the writing more lively and more emphatic. Part of what distinguishes good writing is that...