I don’t know if you have ever been brave enough to ask an editor to edit your writing or not? I have done it twice in my life. That’s right. Only two times.
Both times, the writing was completely ripped apart. Several sections rewritten. Other parts with all kinds of notes written in red pen. It was a painful process. I do have to admit that some of the editing was right on point. As soon as I read it, I was like, “Yes! Totally!”
And here is the thing, I discovered that I could take their suggestions then edit the way I would write it. Or I could realize that the edits, that they made, didn’t keep the integrity of my story together. If the latter was the case, then I did not have to use their rewritten or red marked parts.
These days, I have a brand new Editor. The cool thing about this new Editor is that there are no emotional entanglements with this one. It is all completely straightforward. I don’t ever feel like I am being judged or looked down on. I hand over my writing, it is then edited, and then I edit what is handed back to me so that the writing stays true to my voice and story.
I’d like to introduce you to my Editor, Divi AI. Yes, I said AI. The website builder I use now has its own AI built into it. It will help you write, create images, and create CSS and HTML snippets to code your website. I use the Divi AI text/content feature as an Editor for my writing. I write my own content, story, or devotional. I put my writing into a text module in the Divi Builder Theme. I then click on the little “AI” icon in the top right corner of the text box. This gives me a variety of options to choose from like: rewrite, shorter, longer, paraphrase, change tone, and etc.
So, I am simply using the AI as an Editor. I don’t have it write my content, story, or devotional. I use it as a tool for editing my own creative efforts. To me this is the same as hiring a professional editor to edit my writing. And before someone points out that the AI is stealing my editor’s job, I have to say that I’ve never hired a professional editor. The two people that edited my writings were both editors, but they were my friends. No money ever exchanged hands. So, when I’m using the AI as my editor I am not having it steal a person’s job because I wouldn’t have paid money to hire an editor anyways.
Also, the AI editor lacks a human voice. Even with the edits it suggests, I reword, rephrase, and reorder to have the writing remain in my creative tone. Once again, it is me using AI as a tool to enhance my own creative ideas and voice. Now if you can afford to hire a human Editor, unlike me, then that is choice you will need to make for yourself. There are pros and cons to doing either one. My only goal here is to point out that AI is not inherently bad for writers or artists. It can be used appropriately as a tool to enhance instead of replacing or creating.
Until our ones and zeroes shall meet again