Whatever form they take, your words matter. They deserve to be treated with respect, and so do your readers.
Editing is the elixir that enlivens your writing. It takes good written expression, adjusts it gently and makes it great. An artful editor can envision the scope of your project, help you begin and encourage you to continue, straighten your structure, unravel your language, amend grammatical glitches, and guide you towards the publication of your creation, all while honouring your voice as an author.
Through Artful Words, I provide all levels of editing to emerging and established writers, poets and artists. I can assist you with developmental editing in the early stages of your adventure, helping you plan the shape and the course it will take. Once you have a decent draft, I can engage in structural editing, turning a jumbled bundle of words into a polished piece that is elegant, orderly and appropriate for its purpose. And if your manuscript is already assembled, it is ready for copyediting. This process focuses on achieving clarity and consistency while correcting errors to produce a document that is accurate, articulate and enjoyable to read.
All forms of editing require a deep appreciation for your writing: its purpose, its rhythm, and its poetry. It is about understanding the meaning in your message and ensuring it is expressed successfully.
Editing, for me, is an art that is as creative as writing. My approach is collaborative, which means we work together to achieve the best outcome for your manuscript. I don’t just ‘fix’ your words for you. Instead, I offer you options and explanations that enable you to make informed choices that enhance the meaning and eloquence of your written expression.
If you have ever felt enriched, enchanted or inspired when reading and have hoped that your writing might have that effect on others, then you understand the value of careful, respectful and artful editing. I’d like to help you with that.