I am editing a book for a first-time author who is self-publishing. What a pleasure of a project. She is so smart and driven and passionate about her work.

Editing really puts me in my wordsmith mode. When good writing mostly flows and then something stops me as a reader, it is a wonderful challenge to explore how to best make it clear and effective without losing the writer’s voice or style. In addition to using well-honed editing skills, it is really about tapping into how I want to be treated as a writer, how much thought and craft I want devoted to polishing my own art.

It is an opportunity to put the shoe on the other foot, so to speak. I really like that.