Writing & Editing Service #1: consistency
I love detail. I enjoy the meticulous task. I relish looking for the small minute differences, changes, inconsistencies, in a rough draft; I was a big fan of Goofus and Gallant growing up–Highlights anyone?
With this natural tendency for noticing the small(er) things, I find myself to be a great set of eyes for written work and writing development, specifically as it pertains to consistency.
Did the writer always want an Oxford comma? Did the presenter want periods used, or never used, for their bullets? Did the directions specify a 2 pt or a 4 pt border on every visual? Did the guidelines say every heading was supposed to be centered? I want to know —
Now, these may seem like frivolous details, inconsequential aspects of one’s writing or a person’s presentation in terms of the grand scheme of things. Perhaps. It could be argued as less important than the content itself. However, I argue that good writing and a strong presentation are amplified when everything, even the smallest of details, is sharp–or sharpened.
As a result, whether I am with a student or a client, discussions on consistent style, formatting, language, and construction are required. Clear expectations and a cohesive style are paramount because I want everyone to have a final product they are proud to show off . . .