David Maloof edits
• academic writing
• business writing
• website content
• creative writing
• correspondence & résumés
and does so while communicating with the writer as needed, in order to assure that the writer's intentions are realized in their best possible form.
in DFM's words
"I became an editor accidentally, but almost inevitably. That is, it made sense for me to edit, although I never intended to.
"When I interviewed for a job at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I already had published in some newspapers and magazines, and my (male) interviewer wondered why, as a (male) writer, I wanted to work in an office rather than 'sell encyclopedias door to door.' (Yes, this was awhile ago.) 'I like working in colleges,' I said, 'and actually making a living' (although I didn't actually speak the second part).
"Before long my job entering other people's words onto a screen became editing those same people's words to make them more concise, unambiguous, and otherwise clear. As an editor, I had a different relationship with words than when rewriting my own work, as the writer has some idea what he or she wants to say, but an editor doesn't always know what another person means to say.
"Fortunately, I have a thing for words. And so I liked editing, and
when I became a teacher I used that editing perspective of not
knowing the writer's intention – without, of course, actually
editing the student's work.
"As a writer, I continue to make myself read my own work as
an editor – that is, as if I hadn't written it – in order to create
an objectivity that the writer can struggle to discover and maintain."