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Abe F. March
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PostSubject: Editing   Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:32 am

Just read something on FB that makes sense.


The secret to editing your work is simple:
You need to become its Reader instead of its writer.


Do you agree?
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PostSubject: Re: Editing   Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:57 am

No.  When I read, I don't edit and I see context, not the individual sections that include errors.  To me, the secret to editing is what I did once but don't take the time for now - reading it aloud into a recorder.  Reading aloud slows down the brain to catch the errors.
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PostSubject: Re: Editing   Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:13 pm

That might actually work for me. My problem has always been that I see what I meant to write. Then, when I read the actual text, they are glaring. If I could psy he myself into being a reader, maybe I would see what my readers see.
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PostSubject: Re: Editing   Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:45 pm

Whether we are good at editing our own work or not isn't the only problem. We see our stories far more vividly than our readers do. Readers only have the words on the page. We start with a vision that we put into words. Readers have to conjure up images from those words.

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PostSubject: Re: Editing   Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:18 am

Shelagh, if I understand what you wrote, you agree with seeing your work from a Reader's perspective.  It is easy for me to see errors in the work of others, but not in my own.  With this insight, I will try to read my work as though it was written by someone else.
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PostSubject: Re: Editing   Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:13 pm

I like hubby to read  and edit my work.
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PostSubject: Re: Editing   Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:11 am

should the editing always need common English or plain English ?  Is the way narrow or broad, 

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