Editing

Writing and editing are very different processes. Editing can include:

 

  • Proofreading for grammar and typos 
  • Line edits
  • Structural and developmental editing where a holistic approach is taken
  • Editing text for non-native English speakers to ensure flow, cultural pertinence, and compatibility

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

 

Dr. Seuss

 


Editing goes beyond having a keen eye for grammar mistakes, it is about looking at the intention the writer has for the piece and finding the best words and structure to get that message to the reader. It is about tone, style, structure, sentence structure, impact, language, and clarity. These elements are second nature for me. I’ve been a writer for over 20 years, and a professional editor for 10. I’ve studied art history and photography, fiction writing and business writing, and of course editing. All of this experience comes into play when I edit, sometimes subconsciously, and other times I need to step back and look from a distance. My clients frequently seem amazed at how I either transform their piece, or simply make it stronger. It’s because I believe that words are powerful, whether it be to create an emotional response, or to sell a product, or to engage interest. 

 

Some days I wonder if I love editing more than writing… there is a purity to the process, a satisfaction in making a text great. 

 


"While working on my homepage I started looking for a proofreader. When I came across Kirsten's site I immediately knew she was the one I needed to help me out with the texts. 

She turned out to be much more than a proofreader. Kirsten has an excellent feeling for the flow of words; she grasped my ideas easily and transformed them into the most suitable and engaging sentences.  Her dedication to a project and passion for finding the most accurate and beautiful formulations are amazing.  I was impressed by the high quality of Kirsten’s work. If you are looking for a truly professional and creative editor, work with Kirsten!"

 

 

Axinia Samoilova, World Pedagogy

 

 

 

"Kirsten has a great ability to transform ideas and abstract concepts into well crafted essays and documents, using the right language and tone in every situation. I truly enjoyed working with her on various editing projects, as she was always dependable

and able to deliver on time."

 

Pietro Maggi