Ditch the unnecessary

Ditch the unnecessary

During my 13 years as a public servant, I became well-versed in government writing. It felt like a gradual conditioning. I learnt to add extra words to ‘beef’ things out. I wrote in a more complex, formal language, and used the Thesaurus to inject...
A sensitive edit

A sensitive edit

I’m working on editing a first-time author’s very personal story. I was thrilled when she chose me as her editor, yet keenly aware of my responsibilities to her manuscript. Not only must I edit for structural integrity, flow, grammar, consistency and...
Embrace Word

Embrace Word

I have been known to complain about the limitations and daily frustrations created by Microsoft Word. However, now that I am a full-time editor and writer, I have come to realise I take much of Microsoft Word’s functionality for granted. Herewith is my heartfelt...
Are typos bad for business?

Are typos bad for business?

Yesterday I visited a relatively new website for a browse. I clicked through about five pages and encountered more than a couple of typos. Now I know errors sneak in there sometimes. No one writes perfect content every time. Usually I can forgive one or two typos per...
Fresh eyes matter

Fresh eyes matter

Let’s get something straight. Getting help from a writer doesn’t imply that your writing is inferior. In fact, more often than not, I’m both inspired and impressed by the quality of the writing out there. The content I receive is often thorough, considered and...
Red pen it

Red pen it

When I was a fresh, enthusiastic sales and marketing assistant in my first office job, I desperately wanted to do good work and make an impression. In fact, I probably tried a little too hard (retrospect is a wonderful thing). My boss at the time loved her red pen....
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