When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing. – Enrique Jardiel Poncela
Welcome to my editing and proofreading website. I specialise in plain English, from basic error correction to more substantive editing. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, or comments you’d like to make, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
It takes time and proficiency to create effective prose. For many people it’s more a case of getting key ideas down any which way, and hoping readers will grasp the intended sense. But this results in substandard prose that frustrates readers and damages credibility.
The converse is also true: when writing is carefully proofread and precisely edited, it flows from the page or screen and stands out from the ordinary. Editing not only strengthens a writer’s points, making them clear, correct, and consistent, it also shows respect for readers’ time and attention.
As a professional writer, experienced editor, and qualified scientist and teacher, I understand the importance of lucid prose, the properties that underline it and the problems that undermine it. Clear communication is central to my work, and I take pleasure in bringing this quality to people’s writing.
As part of my editing and proofreading services, I can:
• remove typos
• fix misspellings
• ensure proper punctuation
• correct grammatical mistakes
• assess word choice
• rearrange awkward syntax
• ensure consistent style and formatting
• address jargon and abstraction
• remove ambiguity and vagueness
• eliminate gobbledygook.