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What are the common myths about Editors and their work?

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RE: What are the common myths about Editors and their work?

Deepak Rana
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There are quite a number of myths about the work of Editors:

1. A number of people assume that editors need to do only proofreading. This was earlier the case when proofreaders were not separately available. This is not the case now. Editors not only check and edit the grammatical and technical aspects of writing but they also provide feedback in the creative part of the writing. They keep in touch with the writers and help them in redesigning the article or story and in some cases it gets changed a lot.

2. Editors are known to be only working inside their cabins. This again is not true. Editors also need to travel in some cases in order to meet their clients and decide upon the story. This helps them getting the real picture of the story and make it more effective.

3. Editing is very different from writing. Writing is not much of a team work whereas editing is all about team work. Editors need to stay in touch with their team and coordinate with them to ensure the right results and that too in time. Time is often the constraint in their profession and thus time management is very important. Editors need to keep a check on that as well.

4. Some people think that editors have to be writers first then only they can become editor. This is not at all the case. An editors can start his or her own career directly as an editor or as an assistant editor. This is because editing doesn't require much of writing but to edit the parts of the main story and provide the feedback on it and also correct the technical aspects of writing - both grammar and usage of the language. They can work on it even without experience in writing. In fact most of the editors are often not the writers.

Therefore there are quite a number of misconceptions about the works of editors. Hope the answer would provide the right information about this profession.

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