6 Signs the Guy Editing Your Work Is an Amateur


1. Believes the many fallacious “rules” she learned from her third-grade teacher.

2. Hasn’t read a book on writing since Strunk and White in college.

3. Has no clue about true best practices backed up by research into how people read.

4. Insists that the passive voice is “always” wrong, not just wrong in a particular context.

5. Hypercorrects by “correcting” CMS’s to CMS’, him to himself, supersedes to supercedes, and forgoing to foregoing.

6. Thinks that contractions are unprofessional.

—Adapted from an email from Paul Stregevsky.

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