25 Rules of Editing

25 Rules of Editing

John McIntyre, copy editor for the Baltimore Sun and former president of the American Copy Editors Society, has created his top 25 rules of editing. These are great. I can certainly relate to number one on his list, McIntyre’s Ratio: The project will require three times the planned time to achieve one-third of the desired result.

(Another good one: 12. A thesaurus in a reporter’s hand is like a pistol in a toddler’s.)

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