Medical Writing Editing How to soften the red pen’s blow: Tips for editing a colleague’s work
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Volume 27, Issue 3 - Editing

How to soften the red pen’s blow: Tips for editing a colleague’s work

Abstract

Applying the dreaded red editing pen to colleague's work can be nerve-racking for professional writers. But there are some concrete steps every writer can take that will improve his or her ability to communicate the type of clear, constructive feedback any co-worker will appreciate. Here I discuss five of these steps: be clear, use the author's preferred way to receive feedback, provide examples, take your time, and praise effort.

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