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The Most Anal Retentive Editor On Earth

I just sent back a 19-page short story that my friend and editing partner JeebusGeek sent me. This is a story that he and I had discussed several weeks ago and I encouraged him to "write it, for cryin' out loud!" So, he handed it off to me for my once-over. Two weeks and four pages of single-spaced notes later, it's done. Nothing has been overlooked from the tiniest grammatical or punctuation error to the largest plot hole. It's all been noted, suggestions have been made. I'm tired, but I know that when all is said and done, his story will be very publishable.

I don't know which I love more, writing or editing.


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Jul. 24th, 2003 11:06 am (UTC)
every 'i' crossed, every 't' dotted
Hey, that's great! Ahem...thorough...ahem editors are hard to come by. Let's hope the author in question is appreciative of this fact as he stares down the copious feedback you've given him.

(I too find editing strangely pleasurable - when coworkers give me papers to read, I find myself correcting (the abundant) errors.)
Jul. 24th, 2003 11:37 am (UTC)
Re: every eye crossed, every tongue dotted
I find that people who give you their stuff to "edit" fall into two camps. Either they're serious writers who are saying "I know that this is flawed. Please find those flaws and tell me about them so that I can fix them." Or they're dilettantes who are saying "Read this and tell me I'm a genius and that it's the best thing you've ever read. If you criticize anything, I'll hate you for life."

To the dilettantes, I smile and nod and say "It's just wonderful." And I reserve the shark treatment for those who ask for it. Real writers are universally grateful (as long as you restrain from using phrases like "sucks ass" in your criticism).
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