What an Editor Can Do For a Writer

Barnard Collier on being an editor:

My job was to help them to unfuzz the too fuzzy, to sharpen the dull, to brighten the banal, to encourage them to pick the better word to replace the next best, to make sure their phrases were laid in the most beneficial order, to suggest the erasure of excess verbiage, to make the small changes that accentuate positive rhythms, to spot the sins of omission and help them rectify them, read the whole shooting match, out loud, to learn if proper punctuation lets the presentation truly trip trippingly off the tongue.

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  1. Barnard Law Collier says

    ;-)) Yup. Still works. B

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