In Praise of Good Editing


I had two long features due last week, one for Oregon Business Magazine and one for Mothering magazine, and spoke to both of my editors about them today on the phone.

I’m so grateful for good editing and good editors. I think the editing stage makes such a big difference — converting an okay or just good article into something really worth reading.

It’s also helpful to talk about the content with an editor, to discuss how your ideas are coming across and how they might be perceived by readers. This is especially important if the topic is controversial, as one of these two articles is.

Not to blow my own horn or anything but I’m a good editor — I can re-organize someone else’s writing, spot the clichés, smooth out the prose, and help the writer craft what he or she wants to say.

But it’s really hard to edit your own words and I find that something will niggle me about a story I submit but I won’t be able to figure out what’s wrong with it.

Which makes me even more grateful to be working with perceptive and skilled editors who help me bring my writing to the next level.

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