Probably a few examples will cull out the crux of this write-up before we even start up with the explanation. Have you ever gone through sentences that at the first glance look absurd and at the second read seem absolutely hilarious? There is nothing so funny about the sentences in themselves but the tricky grammatical and spelling errors make them a blunder. Take for example, ‘Let’s Eat Grandpa’ without a comma that should have been placed before ‘Grandpa’.
Another example that strikes my mind as I explain the significance of the comma is that of a book titled “Eats Shoots and Leaves”. Look at the brilliance of the sentence (or if I may call it the brilliance of punctuation) that theses three words can be interpreted in three different ways owing to editing and punctuation or for that matter the lack of them. Say for example, ‘Eats, shoots, and leaves’, and/or, ‘Eats, shoots and leaves’.
Someone once said that that most of the writing is rewriting, and that’s how I derive the nuances of editing. The subject matter in a rough form takes the shape of the first draft that must be worked upon again for bringing out more refined work. Editing is something that comes into play during the rewriting phase. Broadly speaking there are three arenas that editing comprises of. These include copy editing, proof reading and structural editing.
Even though editing is a fluid process, all writers are not born with the editing germ in them. A few mature to the level of making their work error-free and some are born with a microscopic vision as well as a clear and organized thought process. The later make extremely efficient copy editors, proofreaders as well as language editors.
Editors are experts in language and refurbish your work in a manner that it fits your audiences’ need precisely. So be it content for marketing, academic purposes, financial analysis or concerned with dissertation, an editor gives it the right tone, language, style and direction. An editor makes sure that there is no redundancy and repetition in the work and that the document is free of all errors. As Mark Twain puts it, “Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be”.