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I am having an awful experience coming face to face with the fact that
I am editing disabled. Design, Format, Conception - I'm your writer!
Have me read what I wrote for missed words, inconsistencies, and the
grammatical errors - No way.
I'm very lucky in that most of the people in our department are
editors. So, I write and write and write, and they edit and edit and
edit (did I miss any commas?). Of course I do edit my own stuff, but
I have to let it sit for several weeks while I work on something
completely different before I start editing. My boss (an editor)
tells me to edit as I write (I do), but that method of editing
produces different results than editing after the writing is finished
and waiting for a while. My observation is that writing and editing
require different skill sets, and that writing is a left-brain
activity, and editing is a right-brain activity (or is it the other
way around?). So, if you don't have another person to edit your work,
give it a break before you do the edit. You'll be surprised how
helpful that break can be. You can also take a seminar in basic
editing, which may help.
Don Timmerman, dtimmerman -at- anl -dot- gov
Sr. Technical Writer
Argonne National Laboratory