170 Answered Questions for the topic editing
What is the fine line between "confidence" and "presumption"?
I am about to apply to a grad school, and I have prepare the SOP for it (think it like a cover letter to apply to a job). I know the rule: show what I've got, not tell how I think I'm cool. I've... more
Techniques for minimizing redundancy in a document, paragraph or sentence?
Can you provide me with some techniques for minimizing redundancy in English sentence structure on three levels? 1. The Document Level 1. The Paragraph Level 1. The Sentence LevelI'm trying to get... more
How do I gain experience in editing?
After years of critiquing fiction as a hobby, I feel like I've gained some skill at editing. I'm now wondering how I can try my hand at actually editing fiction.While I've got a decent sense of how... more
What are the common editing requirements for a short story in an anthology?
What kind of responses will come back from an editor after a short story is accepted in an anthology? Specifically, is it common for a writer to hear that an accepted story has potential but needs... more
How do I change a novel from first person to limited third person?
For various reasons (increased clarity, and an interested agent), I'm rewriting what was once two first-person POVs into a third person limited POV. Other answers have previously established the... more
Describe all corrections as clearly and unambiguously as possible?
I have a paper that will be published. The editor sent me an email to return corrections.The requirement:> Please follow one of the following two options for returning proof corrections:1) Open... more
How can I catch more errors when I proofread?
I have a problem where I often proof my own writing and I don't catch all the errors while I am reading through it. I often miss entire words out of sentences or find myself repeating words. I can... more
Writing a trilogy and editing?
I planned out to write a trilogy and the first draft of book one is now completed. I want to know if I should edit this draft before starting on the second book.
Editing tools on the go?
I've just started editing my novel. For the drafting I had done most of the work on a phone, as I wanted to make the most of the daily commute. This worked well enough and the first rough draft is... more
How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
I hired a proofreader (typos, commonly confused words, minor grammar issues etc) to look at my work, which I plan to self publish.She found most typos, but from a 66,000 word novel, missed about... more
How can I write easier with a learning disability?
I've been writing stories since Elementary School but was diagnosed with a reading comprehension disability in High School. I was labeled as a visual learner.Currently I'm writing articles for... more
How do I find mistakes in grammar and style in my own writings?
I am no expert in the English language. Things I need to improve are clarity, style and correct use of grammar. Any tips would be helpful.I am writing a large document and plan to proof read it... more
How to avoid repetitive sentences? (Describing actions, he/she)?
I was just wondering if anybody had some tips on how to avoid repetitively describing characters' actions in the same way? Here is an example which I'm struggling to reform, mostly because I keep... more
How can I improve the effectiveness of my examples to grab the recruiters attention?
I am in the process of answering the question **please indicate any leadership roles you have held** for a particular job application but still feel as if my replies lack a certain crispness and... more
What editing can I expect for a translation of a previously-published story?
A friend of mine has published a short story in Hebrew, and I'm currently translating it into English, for submission to short fiction magazines.If accepted, will the editing process be any... more
How are older movies post-converted to 3D?
I went to see Hugo in 3D today, and beforehand there was a trailer for the upcoming re-release of Titanic in 3D. I must say, I was impressed.How much of the conversion to 3D of a movie that was... more
How to record a video with different background without having a green screen?
I'm wondering if there is a way to change the video background while recording with a different background , It doesn't have to be chosen by me , Just a different background .Is that's possible?
Referencing real and fictional people/characters in novels - legal implications?
I've been going out of my way to avoid referencing famous people in my novel as well as fictional characters, but I keep seeing pop culture references in other books I read as well as in TV shows,... more
Where are the best places to hire good editors?
The more I research places to hire an editor, the deeper the rabbit hole goes.I see that previous responses to this question are either, "Ask friends and family for a reference" (I'll pass),or... more
Editing: Those darn comma splices?
I have a question regarding comma splices. I'm trying to learn more about comma splices and how to remove them from some work I am doing. I understand the basics regarding them but I have a... more
How to start a freelance editing company?
I am 17 and I want to start a freelance video editing company, using Motion and Final Cut Pro X. Only problem is, I have no idea how to go about starting it. Where are some good places to begin?
An organization writes its acronym in lower-case - do I have to, too?
I'm writing an article that includes reference to an organization - let's say National Ecological Council of Concerned Citizens - which, instead of NECOCC, uses the acronym *necocc*, i.e.... more
What is the role of editors in news media today?
Back when rocks were soft and the world wide web hadn't yet been invented, I worked on a college newspaper that, I was told, followed the same patterns as professional papers. (That is, the skills... more
How do I start editing my novel?
I had written the first draft of my book and put it in the freezer almost 6 weeks ago. Yesterday I took it out, and after going through a first read to note my reactions, I have decided to start... more
Removing glow from behind and around trees?
I've been editing a landscape image with lightning in the sky, and I've brought up the clarity and contrast in Lightroom to make it stand out more. However, I end up with a noticeably brighter sky... more