RE: flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos

Subject: RE: flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos
From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- Users -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 12:27:36 -0500


Well, I still say you can't make a blanket statement that "It isn't
personal." It depends on your attitude toward the writers.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dick Margulis [mailto:margulis -at- fiam -dot- net]
Sent: Monday, March 15, 2004 1:38 PM
Subject: Re: flashpoint of the week: editors and writers egos


Lisa,

John's point is well taken. The first lesson any professional writer
learns is that this isn't personal--it's about the words on the page.
However, you are not dealing with professional writers; you are dealing
with amateurs.

I think you need to get past the resistance by being gentle with them.
Only then will you be able to instill a degree of professionalism in
them that will get them past the problem of taking it personally.

Dick


John Posada wrote:

> Lisa...as soon as I hear "I was even told to stop using red ink,
> because it was 'too violent and upsetting' ", and this isn't the
> first, I immediately realize that the whole idea of editing in that
> environment is futile because the people who's precious content you
> are editing are taking this personal.
>
> To make matters worse: "who has also been urging me to be kinda gentle

> on people, since he is trying to reverse a history of conflict and
> power struggles amongst the writers" doesn't realize that editing
> someone's content is not personal.
>
> Lynne...I don't know what to say..I have a document in front of me
> FULL of red comments and the first thought through my head was "Please

> sir...can I have some more?
>
>
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