Edit or Rewrite: Either Way it is Work for You!
As a freelance writer, some of my least favorite projects are those where the client wants me to rewrite an existing article. I have since learned that this type of statement, Itll only involve a little editing, usually really means, Youll have to rewrite the entire article in order for it to make sense. My advice to you, the freelancer, is try to determine in advance just how much editing you will have to do, otherwise be prepared to initiate a time consuming rewrite that wont pay for itself.
My first sizable rewriting job was one I now call, my blunder from down under. By down under, I certainly dont mean Australia you have to dig a lot deeper to go to where it is hotter. Get it? A real devil of a job!
The job involved editing five articles by including new information and cleaning up verbiage and syntax. Or so I thought. As it turned out, each of the five articles lacked clear and concise purpose and failed to produce a tight and sensible conclusion. I saw the writing on the wall and decided that the editing job would need to turn into a complete rewrite in order to make any sense of them.