I have been freelancing for 3 years and have written for both newspapers and magazines. I have a BS in Journalism.
I’m a freelance copy editor who works for a small weekly newspaper in the Boston area. I like writing, particularly stories that focus on people doing things they shouldn’t.
I’ve been a freelance copy editor for several years and I have a BA in Communications.
There are so many freelance copy editors working in the Boston area. I don’t think that there is a single one who doesn’t get distracted by the work itself. There is a reason why we have editors so focused on word count. There is also a reason why copy editors work so hard to ensure that every sentence is written to the best of our ability. They are there to create the best looking text possible.
This is a good point. We tend to give copy editors a lot of control over the final product. We want copy editors to be so involved in the process that we are able to get it just right before handing it off. We don’t want copy editors to be able to take their time and just create perfect copy. Instead, we want them to have a sense of urgency that keeps them going with the task.
A good editor is like a good architect or a good scientist. When you build a building, you want to make sure that it looks good even though it is a very complicated and detailed structure. The same goes for writing and editing. When writing, it is important that the text is clean and easy to read. When you edit, you want to make sure that the words are grammatically correct, that the sentence flow is logical, and that the sentence structure is correct.
For freelance copyeditors, the biggest challenge is to get your work to flow with proper structure and logic. How do you do this with an incredibly complex story? It’s easy to use an editor. You can even get paid to edit someone else’s work if you know how to do it. But, if you don’t know how to write clearly or write effectively, then you will struggle to get it published.
The very first thing you need to learn is how to write clearly. This means to understand the difference between writing without mistakes and writing with mistakes. When you have a mistake in your writing, you need to fix it. Even if you dont know how to fix it, you should know that fixing it is a good thing to do, not a bad thing to do.
Writing without mistakes is like riding a bike without crashing. When you have a mistake, you need to ride it back to the correct position. This is best done by looking at what you missed and trying to fix the mistake. When you are writing with mistakes, you need to look at the whole piece and see where you can improve.
When I was a copy editor, one of my biggest mistakes was thinking that I was making a mistake. The thing that really bothers me is that I had to fix many of the mistakes I made. Writing with mistakes is like riding a bike without crashing. Once you hit the point where you are riding the bike without crashing, you are no longer riding the bike. So if you have one or two small mistakes, chances are good that you have a lot of bigger ones to correct.