While editing, if substantial changes are made, it would be important to explain to the writer the edits that were made and the reasons for doing so. It’s important to have an open dialogue with the writer so that he or she understands the rationale behind any editorial remarks. Listen to the writer, because he or she may have pertinent information that would be helpful during the editing process.
Writers just want to be understood. While most of the time there is good intent with this, sometimes thoughts aren’t expressed on paper the same as they are in our own minds. This is the fine line of editing. Critique and editorial feedback can be taken personally, although it may not be meant that way. It is important while editing not to be judgmental or cruel, and to remember the hard work that writers have put into each piece.
Editing can be a straightforward and black and white process, but it doesn’t always have to be. If you see something that you like or admire in the copy, don’t be afraid to provide good feedback to the writer. It’s OK say “good job with this section,” or “I like the topic you chose.” This puts writers at ease with the editorial process, and may make the writer more open to future feedback.
Here is an dieting mistake I found this week: