Award-winning daily newspaper reporter and editor, photographer, film script writer. Phi Beta Kappa, former member of Mensa (international society for people with high IQs). Bachelor's in journalism, MBA, financially savvy, knowledgeable about investments, U.S. income tax, retirement planning, securities, current events, history, politics, literature, classical music, and the English language. Used to meeting and beating tight deadlines. Accomplished at transforming wordy, repetitive, disorganized, dull, incorrect writing into bright, tight,...
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Jul 15, 2015|Academic Writing|$175|Completed
Jun 24, 2015|Editing & Proofreading|$77|Completed
May 14, 2015|Editing & Proofreading|$164|Completed
May 11, 2015|Article Writing|$73|Completed
My goal is to do everything I can to help you make your writing the best it can be. I am committed to that. I don't believe in doing only half a job.
Please understand that proofreading is only a part of editing--sometimes, only a small part. A monkey--or at least, Microsoft Word software--can perform many proofreading functions: correcting overt errors. Where human input is needed, proofreading can be done fairly quickly--depending,of course, on how "clean" the copy is.
But, in addition to proofreading, editing means thinking holistically about the organization, argument, logic, tone, themes, and--for fiction--character, dialogue, pacing, and story.
This means more than just making sure your writing obeys rules. Rules are merely means to an end: clear communication. I go beyond them, to reviewing the quality and the expression of your thought. I make sure that your writing is persuasive and concise.
Here's the dirty little secret about good writing that others may not tell you: it depends on good thinking. (This explains why I hate the condescending expression "wordsmith," which suggests that all we editors do is just rearrange what's in front of us. What a good editor does is clarify thought and improve communication--not just move words around.)
You must have a clear grasp of what you want to say, and structure it thoughtfully and logically, to produce something people want to read, enjoy, and remember. Good thinking is hard--and often lacking, without a...
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