Rich and Co.

Writing Tips from NYT

We’re in an age of fast-moving news and virtually instant reaction

  • Our editors try to approach articles as average readers who know nothing about the subject. 
  • They may ask if a point is clear, if a writer needs transitional language to bridge the gap between two seemingly separate points, if a leap of logic has been made without sufficient explanation.
  • To make a piece as clear and accessible as possible, the editor may add a transition, cut a section that goes off point or move a paragraph. 
  • If a description is highly technical, the editor may suggest language that lay readers will understand. 
  • If it isn’t clear what a writer is trying to say, the editor may take a guess, based on what he knows from the author, and suggest more precise language. (There are also times when we do precious little.)

Written by Rich and Co.

March 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

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