Re: Writing vs. Editing

Subject: Re: Writing vs. Editing
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:50:07 -0400

On Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:38:54 -0400, <Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com> wrote:

I have to admit (reluctantly) that I prefer to edit the work of others. It gives me immediate feedback about how much better I am at using language than most people.

(Unfortunately, when compared to most professional writers, I suspect I'm only average.)

I'm currently doing editing of a friend's fiction, as a favor. It's a real pain, because in spite of his neat but crazy ideas, he really cannot write. His personal style includes his MS Wrod typography, all of which I stripped out, including his Unusual CAPITALIZATION For Emphasis. Because he used spell-correction, there are occasional incorrectly spilled words of which I thank he war totally underwear.

Editing is usually easy for me unless it involves editing my own writing. How do I know I can't edit my stuff? I've seen the result of a top-notch editor's work on my material: "Why don't you put this sentence at the beginning of the first paragraph?" (Gosh, wow, you're right! Never woulda thunkit!)

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References:
Writing vs. Editing: From: M . Vina-Baltsas
RE: Writing vs. Editing: From: Brian.Henderson

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