RE: flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos

Subject: RE: flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos
From: "Lisa Wright" <liwright -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 22:02:48 -0800


Absolutely agree with you Chuck. I have an ear too. I guess what I'm saying
is that because of that, people who don't do this may think that both ears
are equally valid. While there is obviously more than one right tune, so to
speak, when one is wrong it can be a little harder to get people to realize
that the ear is based on rules and knowing when and when not to break them.
That's all.

Lisa

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>"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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