I'll preface: I write for an alternative weekly with a purported readership of 105,000+. Bluntly put, I'm an relatively abysmal writer--sure I could out write the average layman, but compared to an actual writer: I can't even hold a candle. It boggles my mind that I have a job. Keep in mind, they actively sought me out after my internship. When I turn in an article, I do so with reddened ears and a blushed face because I know how awful my writing is. I'm young and I have a decent sense of humor--I'm fairly succinct here so I know my humor doesn't show--are my only theories as to why they keep me around. But they edit my work so thoroughly that the structure of my ideas (and some jokes) are all that remains; and it just boggles my mind that they'd go through so much work and never bat an eye or imply that I'm doing a bad job! So, with a good editor: are ideas more important than actual writing skill? And, hey, if someone wants to edit my post for grammar, I'd be thrilled as I'm really trying to focus on grammar right now. Sorry for posting so many threads; I just don't have much to add to others threads until I really know what I'm talking about.