Judi's Editing

A Good Manuscript
      Deserves ...
   A Good Editor

Brenda Hill has some very good reasons why Aunt Helen, who taught English for so many years, isn't the best editor for your manuscript.

When you edit your own work, the easiest way to find things you want to change or correct is to start at the end of the piece and read one paragraph at a time. This tricks you into seeing what's actually on the page instead of what you KNOW you wrote there (missing, wrong, or overused words and phrases, missing punctuation, etc.). Many times you'll find a better way to say something, making for a better story. At the very least, you'll make it easier for your editor to help you.

Why Spell Check isn't Enough

Eye halve a spelling chequer


It came with my pea sea
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It plainly marques four my revue


Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word


And weight four it two say


Weather eye am wrong oar write


It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid


It nose bee fore two long


And eye can put the error rite


Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it


I am shore your pleased two no


Its letter perfect awl the weigh


My chequer tolled me sew.

Author Unknown