- Spot the errors you miss. This covers everything from spellings to grammatical mistakes. Spelling is not just about the correct version for the word in question. For example US spellings differ from ours in the UK. What version you use depends on what market you're writing in/for.
- See things in the piece you miss. This can lead to developing good links, helping you create other articles/stories and can give depth to your original work.
- Spot your repeated favourite phrases. (All writers have them and they are as natural to write as it is for us to breath so you can develop "blindness" to when you have used these expressions too often).
- Steer your piece in the right direction for the market you're writing for. The editor knows what their market is, who their readers are and how best to reach them.
- Stop you making an idiot of yourself! This can range from picking up silly errors that a professional writer would not make to showing you unintentional meanings from your piece so you can correct them before the piece appears.
A good editor is worth their weight in gold (or other precious metal of your choice!). Some of the things a good editor can do to help make a writer improve their work are:-
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.