Mind maps are a great way to think about any subject and make connections to related topics. If you’re a writer or blogger, mind maps can help you come up with several ideas for blog posts, essays, etc. If you’re a writer who writes about editing, or an editor with a blog, this mind map should be useful to you. Here are several ideas related to editing that will help you keep the content coming.
This mind map would be particularly useful for editors who have created a website. Adding a blog where you write about editing not only helps establish you as an expert in the field, it also helps to attract traffic to your site—which could potentially lead to sales if you play your cards right. But to keep a blog active, you need to have a steady stream of content ideas. This mind map will help you.
Here are some ideas for writing about editing, expanded from the mind map above.
You could write a post about the differences between proofreading and editing, as many writers don’t understand that these are not one and the same skill.
You could also write a post about the different kinds of editing: developmental, copy, and line editing, among others. Explain each one and how authors can choose the type of editing they need at each stage.
You could write a post arguing for or against the use of editing and proofreading marks and whether they’re still relevant in the digital age.
You could write a post about how authors can self-edit and why they still need a pair of professional eyes on their manuscript afterward.
You could write a series of posts about “the business of editing.” This would be useful if your audience was other editors rather than writers; however, many of the same things discussed for one would also apply to the other. For example, you can write about how to set up your business so that you can claim expenses on your taxes, how you have to report your taxes at year end, how to find clients, how to fire a client who’s a nuisance, and how to charge what you’re worth.
You could write a series of posts about the different style guides, their general guidelines for commonly confused grammar rules, and explain which style guides are most appropriate for which industries. You can finish this post with a call to action about hiring an editor who’s an expert on one of the style guides (e.g., you).
Finally, you could write about the benefits and downfalls of editing software, and why they’ll never replace a human eye. If you’re writing for writers, you can explain how an editor provides a more accurate service. If you’re writing for editors, you can caution against over-reliance on such programs.
These are just some of the ideas for writing about editing. What else could you add to this mind map?
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