An Editor’s Shelter-In-Place Diary 8-6-21: Embracing My Editing Superpower

Earlier this year I wrote about deciding to remain a part-time freelance editor, instead of seeking full-time work. Since then I’ve decided to embrace the first, best use of my editing mojo.

Namely blogs (especially blogs) and other business-related marketing communications copy: website content, marketing collateral, email newsletters, press releases.

Over the last few years, I tried to diversify by taking on some fiction and academic work … and the projects, though small, were hard.

I have the utmost respect for editors who specialize in these fields. And I learned a hard lesson: these are not my niche areas, and because of the level of difficulty (and my inexperience) I wasn’t able to truly enjoy the process.

If this ongoing (sigh) pandemic has taught us anything, we should take a clear-eyed look at our professional lives and embrace our strengths. Working on what we’re truly good at – and that we want to learn more about to increase our expertise over time – gives meaning, motivation, and purpose to our professional lives.

Editing and proofreading business content is not exactly sexy … but it is my particular superpower. And you know what? That’s cool.

What’s your professional superpower? Share in the comments below!

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