Mistakes a Bad Editor Makes - Part 2

Mistakes a Bad Editor Makes – Part 2

Mistakes a Bad Editor Makes - Part 2
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Mistakes a Bad Editor Makes – Part 2

Last week, I published Part 1 of this three-part series: Mistakes a Bad Editor Makes. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.

A Bad Editor Removes the Writer’s Voice

Building a connection with our readers means that we allow them to see and hear from the writer. They get to see what we look like and they get to hear what we have to say and how we say it.

I have a natural way of being blunt and to the point. But I also have a strong desire to deliver my messages without coming across as mean. It’s a fine line that I try to walk along. I’ve been through the resistance I talk about. I’ve made similar excuses to the ones I hear from other writers. And I’ve believed similar beliefs that writers have about writing and money.

When it comes down to it, I think we just need someone to step in and say “hey, stop complaining and get your work done.” That’s what I need. I need it because I have big dreams and I need to stay focused on my goals so I can fulfill those dreams.

If an editor were to edit my work to deliver a delicate message rather than the one I wrote, my readers would notice. The same happens with other writers.

All writers have a natural writing style. A natural way of writing that is defined by who they are, how they speak, what they believe, and the message they want to send. If an editor takes that away, readers have a hard time identifying with and appreciating the writer, or they identify with something that is not the real writer and discover something is off later on in the relationship.

When you’re creating blog posts or any document for that matter, it’s important that the writing style be in line with the rest of your materials. If something is off, readers will notice.

A good editor understands this and she retains the writer’s voice when editing his work.

Part 3 coming soon!

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