No Room For Error No Matter How Short The Story
Because they’re so compact, there’s no room for error in a short story. Every detail must speak, and speak well, to merit inclusion. This is why it helps to have a professional editor read over your draft, to make sure that there are no typos or mistakes in consistency. A professional editor does a much better job than your own self-editing, even if you’re a brilliant writer, reader, and editor in your own right.
Editing your own short story is dangerous. In revising your own writing to make your story more compact, you always run the risk of cutting out an essential detail—a detail you don’t notice you’ve deleted because you already have the full version of the story in your mind, filling in the blank spaces on the page. You’ve spent so much time with your own ideas, and expended so much creative energy writing each sentence; it’s what makes your writing uniquely yours, but it’s also what prevents you from doing the best editor of your own short story. You’re not far enough removed to notice where your short story isn’t working.
Our professional editors are careful readers, finely attuned to the plotting of a short story and ready to point out confusing spots or unnecessary wordiness. Having someone else read over your short story is an essential step in the process, and brings you one step closer to the most-polished, publishable version of your short story.
Editing Short Stories
Our feedback can also help you better imagine your potential readers’ reactions to your short story, and facilitate a rewriting with that potential reader response in mind. A professional editor is even better than a writing group, because a professional editor is more removed from the context in which your piece was written. Your writing workshop may allow you the opportunity to read your own words out loud, inject them with the emphasis and tone you want, and defend your perspective in front of your peers; but a round of professional editing exposes your short story to the more realistic criticism of a new reader unfamiliar with your writing or reading style, and approaching the story with the critical perspective of a reader rather than a fellow writer.