Quote of the month: "The greatest mistake a man can make is to
be afraid of making one" Elbert Hubbard
How to Edit Diplomatically
Briefings ideas that work
Here are some ideas that can help you diplomatically alter someoneís
- Confirm what the writer wants you to do. Examples: "Should
I just polish the lead?" "Do you want me to tell you how well youíve
organized the piece?" "Should I determine if youíve supported your argument?"
- Use green ink, not red, to suggest changes. Reason:
Red is seen as a stop symbol, so it can make writers resist your advice.
But do use red to praise something, such as a well-crafted sentence
- Consider making your advice look even more like a suggestion,
not an edict, by using pencil. Another plus: You can more easily
- Be a teacher as well as an editor, always explain why youíre
changing something. Itís the only way to create better writers.
- Sit next to writers, not across from them, if you meet to discuss
their work. Reason: This nonverbal signal says youíre there to
help, not order.
- Stop often and ask questions such as: "Do you see what I mean?"
"Can you agree with that?" "What do you think we should do to fix that
Source: Susan Perloff writing in Philadelphia Business Journal,
400 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106