1. Four eyes are better than two: We are not talking about glasses here… Having someone else read over what you’ve written brings a fresh pair of eyes to your piece. When you write a piece and read over it several times, it’s quite easy to miss errors and vagueness. An editor will often be quicker to spot spelling and other mistakes, or point out parts of your text that are unclear.
2. The written word lives: Long after you’ve put down your pen, your words live on for new audiences to read and assess. Beyond avoiding mistakes, you also want your writing to move more and more people to action. The written word is a powerful tool; with an editor, you ensure your words are working for, not against, you.
3. Editing is a skill: People have never had to write as much at work as they do now, from emails to social media posts. While writing is a general skill that we all need, an editor is a professional trained to work with words. Editors look out for three basic things: clarity, conciseness and compelling text. As basic as these are, we often taken them for granted when we write. Editors take your writing from just getting the job done, to getting the job done well!