Re: flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos

Subject: Re: flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos
From: "Chuck Martin" <cm -at- writeforyou -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 14:24:32 -0800



>"Lisa Wright" <liwright -at- earthlink -dot- net> wrote in message
news:232234 -at- techwr-l -dot- -dot- -dot-
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> You know, if this were accounting and you had somebody going off their
> "feelings" of what "sounds right," it'd be a very simple matter. It SHOULD
> be a simple matter in this case. "Here's my truckload of grammar and tech
> writing books. Take a look while I finish bleeding all over your
document."

It's not about only what's in books. Good writers and editors also know what
"sounds right." Lyn Dupre, in her excellent book "Bugs in Writing," calls it
the writer's "ear." Good writers can do it off the top of their head; good
editors "hear" it when it goes off key.

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- Aragorn

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