Editing Tips (Intermission)

I have a feeling the Editing Tips series is going to be much longer than I expected. I keep thinking of items that could use 500 words of attention! Where is all this coming from? Well, frankly, from editing the writing of talented professionals who assume because they did well in English classes or on…

Editing Tips- Article 5: Meaningless Words

Sometimes we think we are saying something, but we really aren’t. Terms like help, make, and even show don’t show anything. Yes we all know what those words mean..or do we? Resumes are notorious for mundane, nondescript, and sometimes falsifying word choices. Consider the following items in a resume: Coordinated yearly fundraiser Helped students learn…

Editing Tips- Article 4: High Vocabulary

You didn’t really think I thought Excising Expletives is a good title, did you? It’s awful! And why? Tone, reader comprehension and SEO. Big words make us sound smart…sometimes. But they also make us sound pretentious. But then there is this thing called word efficiency: finding the best and fewest words to communicate meaning. Word…