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SFKaufman's picture
Jan.31.2013
As a successful writer having been involved with the craft for many years, I have always wanted to earnestly understand what it is that I am doing. I have searched for definitions and have done much study of what I would deem realistic to enable myself to identify my own work. This is what I have...
terry-odell's picture
Jul.18.2011
I'm slowly reaching the end of my copy edits for ROOTED IN DANGER. As I mentioned, just because this is the second editorial pass doesn't mean all the errors have been caught, so I have been reading the whole book. She's caught things that weren't picked up on the first pass, but I've also...
june-casagrande's picture
Aug.25.2010
  Yesterday I showed a writer friend this passage* from an article I was copy editing about a young couple's courtship: Supporting each other through their education and in their career dreams has been a vein running through their 10-year relationship that continues today as Jones pursues her...
june-casagrande's picture
Aug.28.2009
  Copy editing somewhat-green writers is starting to affect me. On several occasions lately I have found myself mentally editing the sentences of someone talking on TV or radio. Not a good sign. That may be why I found this sentence in today's New York Times so striking. Then again, maybe the...
june-casagrande's picture
Jun.12.2009
  It's official. I'm now cuckoo nutty about sentences. After years of copy editing and obsessing about sentence structure, I passed into the realm of cuckoo nutty this morning when I read this first sentence of a Reuters story:  "A loss in server connectivity that caused the New York Stock...
james-buchanan's picture
Jan.05.2009
I tend to break one of those writerly rules that seems so rigidly accepted that I don't think many people really question or debate it. I edit as I write. This seems to contravene the advice of many writers that you should simply sit down and write and not worry too much about how it turns out. The...
june-casagrande's picture
Aug.29.2008
Came across this sentence in a story I was editing. It was a quotation. "Separating out the variables quickly clarifies to job hunters concerned about earning power [and] which fields pay most." It contains a mistake that got past a wire editor, then a section editor. It got past me. It...
june-casagrande's picture
Jul.24.2008
I always have a hard time finding beach/poolside reads. Narrow indeed is the range of reading fare that mixes well with both the sound of techno music from a deejay somewhere off to your right and the smell of tequila from the fat guy to your left. Such interferences compound another problem I have...