by Edie Melson
|I LOVE editing!|
I love editing.
To me, it’s the process of bringing order to chaos. It’s not just my own words that I want to make sing, it’s the words of others. I get as much joy when an author I edited succeeds as when I do.
I’ve discovered this isn’t a universal gift. Some would even argue that it's a curse. But you know you’re editor material when . . .
1. Grammar jokes never fail to crack you up—because they’re funny, right?
2. The misuse of quotation marks sends you into a five minute tirade.
3. You mark the mistakes you find—in red pen—in the books you read.
4. You listen to grammar podcasts. After all, those tips and tricks come in handy, right?
5. You could talk for hours about comma usage.
6. You’re constantly clarifying what someone says, because in general, people should be more precise.
7. When you receive handouts in a meeting or workshop, you find yourself marking typos and rewording sentences to tighten it up.
8. You collect pictures of grammar mistakes.
9. Your critique group has nick-named you the Grammar Snob.
10. You know how to use the edit feature on Facebook.
Now it's your turn to add to the list. Be sure to leave your comments in the section below.
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