I Provide Several Types of Editing Services
The following information covers some of the writing issues involved with particular kinds of writing. I have had experience editing all of these genres in terms of grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and importantly, in terms of producing the most successful document possible through knowledge of audience, purpose, and context.
Technical Writing documents
Readers of these documents expect them to be concise and to the point. The documents often include Graphs, Figures and Tables. It’s critical that all visuals are labeled properly and referred to in the text. Essentially, all writing must be a form of “Technical Writing,” because all writing must be clear, coherent, and as reader friendly as possible. But when we think of Technical Writing, we generally think of working documents that are reporting research, instructing, or planning projects (among other purposes). These documents must be highly audience aware and accurate. Audiences in industry, business, and science need to understand the writing and be able to “get” the messages sent by writer/researchers/trainers/managers/research scientists/engineers, etc.
Business Writing documents
Similar to Technical Writing, writers writing Business documents must be extremely careful to analyze their audience’s knowledges, attitudes, needs, and other reader characteristics that would impact their understanding of the purpose of a document. Even memos can be crucial in putting forth information essential to the success of any business, along with letters, white papers, project reports, research reports, and project planning, obviously, much the same as what is called “Technical Writing.”
Master’s Theses and Dissertations
Academic writers of these significant documents may not make clear their purposes, hypothesis, and research work. The thought is that their readers (professors or experts in the fields these Graduate Students are entering) already know everything about the matter. But with a good, knowledgeable editor, dissertation and thesis writers can pay attention to important issues of audience, purpose, and context and write a rich valuable piece. Who are the audiences for Master’s Theses and Dissertations? Are they only the Graduate Student’s committee members or the committee Chair? Are they also other colleagues who may question some of the premises of the work being done? In what sort of context are these documents being written: political? Strictly academic? Public? Private and personal (answer to that one is No.)? These are just a few of the considerations writers must make to write a successful Graduate Paper. As an experienced editor, I am able to guide them through this complex process.
Character development, description, a solid and captivating plot prompting immediate reader engagement, and memorable purpose are just some of the characteristics an editor can help these writers develop. Often, fiction writers, by necessity, get so involved in their “story” that they forget readers are not in the writer’s head. Successful editing means being insightfully in “the readers’ heads” in order to assist writers with any writing issue necessary to make this story engaging.
Academic and Professional Articles
These documents are usually written for publication in professional journals and for conference presentations. They are often essential for career advancement and stature in a field. However, the texts can easily become jargon filled and tedious for any reader. Thus, I edit them with strategies not only promoting high audience awareness, but also promoting engaging and interesting reading.