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As an organic gardener, herbalist and conservationist, I tend to see things through the lens of nature. Spending time outdoors--walking, gardening, developing a relationship with medicinal plants over the years--has helped me appreciate how everything on this planet is intricately connected. The ancients believed everything was made up of five elements--earth, water, fire, air and ether. Five Elements Editing brings my love of nature to my work as an editor and writing consultant. Magazine articles, books, websites, blog posts, annual reports, have all been edited with the same sensitivity and care I bring to my garden. The next five pages take you through what I call the Five Elements of Editing as well as my take on the importance of written communication to your message, your business and your brand. Writing can be a natural process. When we have a clear intention and a heart-felt commitment to communicate with our readers, the right words can inspire positive change. In this world of fierce competition amid an explosion of new media technologies, however, the importance of words is getting lost. And your business or organization's message might be getting lost right along with it. I often find myself genuinely confused by writing I read online. What's needed is a sensitive editor to bring out the message. Let me help you do that. Clients have been entrusting me with their words for the past 30+ years. "Carolyn's gentle yet direct approach was just the right mixture to stimulate us to expand our perspective."