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Constructive Criticism

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How can I turn editing into a learning experience for writers?

Constructive Criticism

Editing should be a learning experience. You should be able to explain why you made changes to copy without bruising egos. The same philosophy that applies to raising children can be used here, "Choose your battles." It will do more harm than good to criticize every little mistake a writer has made. Instead, point out the most significant problems and focus on those. Give suggestions, rather than demands, and praise their strong points. A little bit of kindness can go a long way.



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