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Even if you are not a professional editor, someone is going to ask you to edit and review a document at some point of your career. It may be a friend of yours who admires your writing skills and is asking for help on making their work better; or it may be your boss who is asking you to finish his report. The editing task is challenging, and you may be uncertain about the necessary changes. On top of everything, the writer may end up being unsatisfied with the choices you made.

The best editors from Help.Plagtracker are paid good money for their job, and there is a reason behind that – good editing takes a lot of practice and finesse. However, you can be a good editor if you follow our tips that will make this task easier.

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Step 1: Measure twice before you cut

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Before you do any changes to the piece you are editing, you have to make sure they are necessary. Most professional editors read the manuscript before they start doing the actual work of editing. This helps the editor to identify what the writer is trying to say and keep his tone and voice in its original form. You have to know everything about the subject matter before you start making the necessary changes.

Before you start editing, it is recommended to ask the writer what he expects from the editing work. Some writers will just want you to make sure that everything is spelled right, but others want the editors to expand the information and make sure that it’s correct.

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Step 2: Detect the homonyms

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The most common error during writing comes in the form of homonyms. Most writers check their own work to correct the typos, but these words simply fall through the cracks and get unnoticed through the editing process. Your job as an editor is to detect them and correct them.

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seamster2 months ago

Nice tips! Lotsof very usful info. ha ha :)