Fishing for Distorters

On editing…


John Hudspith. Writer, editor, Mr Spot-On.

I’ve been reading and admiring Johnny’s critiques for many years and personally benefitted from his hawk-eyed observations on countless occasions. Quite simply, he can make your best even better. How, I wanted to know, does he do it? He generously agreed to share his thoughts as this week’s guest post. Pure gold dust for writers.


When editing or critiquing, I work with the definite knowledge that every word matters. Every single word. To create beautiful prose, or prose that works well; i.e. it gives reader the smoothest and therefore the most enjoyable read he can have, means examining closely, in detail, the true meaning and the order of the words you choose to use, considering above all, reader’s moving imagery in his reading brain.

Misused words bring poor prose. Poor prose brings cloudy imagery and broken rhythm. Being a good editor/analyser is…

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