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boshoffirene
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writing and editing

So the other day a client said to me that, because I am a writer as well as an editor, he would expect 100% flawless copy. I replied by telling him that nobody is above mistakes, and the fact I am an editor does not make me too great at editing my own stuff BECAUSE when you write and then self-edit, your mind tends to skip over your own mistakes because it KNOWS what is SUPPOSED to be there...and does not really see what REALLY is there. But, however, if you leave the work you have written for a day or two and get back to it, THEN you actually see them. So here is to writers....and editors....have fun.

 

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david_gregory
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My mother sent that to me when I was first becoming an editor.

 

I could read it but think that might not necessarily be a good thing for an editor. It might be better if I couldn't read it.

David... Your mother is a space alien?

tlbp
Member

I really want to meet one of the people who can't read it. I never have. But yes, being able to read it is a terrible trait for someone who needs to do editing!

So wots worng with Upwrok I aks myslef.

 

 

jolash
Member

Nichola,

 

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Lyke rihgt know I carnt sim two hard attachemnnts two mye prophozalz.

 

Eroh measage sayhs 'unsupported fhile type'. 

 

Bhut since  I cahn rid and right this I cahn take aynthign.

pbarnabie
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I could read it fine? Is that really a bad thing?

 

It's actually a lot more understandable than a lot of the research papers I edit. Maybe because the sentence structure flows nicely. Or maybe my brain is just broken. :V

re: "It's actually a lot more understandable than a lot of the research papers I edit. Maybe because the sentence structure flows nicely. Or maybe my brain is just broken"

 

No, your brain isn't broken.

 

This garbled text is more understandable to read than a lot of the research papers you edit because those papers are written by people who are barely literate in English.

 

Which is a good thing, because it provides opportunity for you to work.

 

I'm not knocking those writers. I'm not literate at all in their native language. The fact that they attempted to write something in English at all is admirable. And they're fine a long as they understand that they need some help.

@Preston

 

Actually, the sad thing is a lot of what I edit for native English-speaking scientists is a lot more difficult to decipher than work done by ESL researchers in other countries. With the latter, there's often just some article use and odd word choices to correct. On the other hand, it's not uncommon for the former to be pretty incomprehensible without heavy editing.

"Actually, the sad thing is a lot of what I edit for native English-speaking scientists is a lot more difficult to decipher than work done by ESL researchers in other countries. With the latter, there's often just some article use and odd word choices to correct. On the other hand, it's not uncommon for the former to be pretty incomprehensible without heavy editing."

 

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versailles
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Is there anybody who can't actually read it?

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"Where darkness shines like dazzling light"   โ€”William Ashbless

Rene, I am not sure. However, I have to ask myself....would those who could not admit it?

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cupidmedia
Member

That's why I always get my husband and a friend to read my assignments for university, even if they are completely incomprehensible - because at least they'll pick up basic grammar and spelling errors I may have missed! I remember one university tutor once suggested reading your work backwards one word at a time, because then you're not skimming the whole sentence but focusing on each word. I've tried that sometimes but it's actually really hard to do!


@Jennifer D wrote:

That's why I always get my husband and a friend to read my assignments for university, even if they are completely incomprehensible - because at least they'll pick up basic grammar and spelling errors I may have missed! I remember one university tutor once suggested reading your work backwards one word at a time, because then you're not skimming the whole sentence but focusing on each word. I've tried that sometimes but it's actually really hard to do!


I find the fastest way to find a mistake in an assignment is to submit it. Same goes for manuscripts, emails, and tweets.

I'm new on this forum - actually, on Upwork too, as I finally got around to transferring everything over from Elance. The reverse editing process actually isn't a bad idea, but I've found it works a little better if you go a sentence or even a paragraph (depending on length) at a time. It's still short enough to scrutinize the text, but not as likely to cause crossed eyes after a while. I don't pretend to take credit for the idea, as I got it from a writer/editor friend at a workshop. However, I have been shamelessly willing to plug it for him when working with clients, especially college students, to try to pass along an excellent tool for them to use in their writing.

i agree with you Irene when you say "nobody is above mistakes and often we tend to skip our own mistakes when you edit". So maybe its a better idea to get someone else to proof read your articles. That way your work might become finer and maybe a more satisfying one.

 

(Slightly off-topic: 2 people here have just 1 letter different in their names: Irene & Rene and I was going to reply to the other in this post)

m_njari
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Irene B: So here is to writers....and editors....have fun.

 

Amazing! Read it at the same speed I'd otherwise read it...wow! What I've always known about is redundancy where you can still read with letters omitted; but this - never imagined it. I did have fun Smiley Happy

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