Advice from an Editor

There are thousands of books meant to teach you how to become a good writer. A few of them may actually be helpful.

As an editor, I think I can help writers become better by avoiding some common problems. These are problems I see all the time when I edit articles, stories, papers, and books by a wide variety of writers.

This approach will not necessarily make you a good writer, but it will make you a better writer. And, if you're already a good writer, it will make you even better.

There are three categories of advice:

Spellcheck Is Your Frenemy because it can mislead you.

Don't Get Fancy by commencing instead of beginning.

Don't Waste Words or the reader's time.

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