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Everyone (I Mean EVERYONE) Gets Edited

What you’re looking at below is President Obama’s marks on a draft of his inauguration speech written by, presumably, his speechwriter.

A couple of thoughts on this image: It’s a hard copy. I can’t remember the last time I edited on paper or received edits on paper. The track changes feature on Word is my best friend. Also, look at how neat these edits are. I can’t write on a clean sheet of paper that neatly, much less in the narrow margins of a written document.

Finally, if the president’s speechwriter gets edited–and, in turn, the president himself gets edited on his own edits–then we can safely assume that no one is above the need for editing. If you’re a writer, you better have someone edit your work. Period.

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(Image Source: Flickr/U.S. Government)

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  1. Gwen #

    Great post!

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    March 4, 2013
  2. I don’t care WHO you are. Everyone NEEDS an editor, including editors. :o) I love the photo–and the meticulous handwriting, too. I have to edit my own stories on paper in between editing in track changes. For some reason, I see things differently (and notice different types of errors) when they are printed out on paper. When I’m editing other peoples’ work, I often have to print out the piece during the developmental process and move entire pages around physically, rather than doing it via computer. Then I use the computer for smaller, more precise changes.

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    March 4, 2013
    • Yep. I don’t edit much anymore, but I used to print out the document back when I did. Now, if I want a different look to help me spot issues, I’ll usually use print preview or change the font.

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      March 4, 2013
  3. Reblogged this on Pros Write and commented:
    This is agreat reminder that all of us need an editor!

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    March 4, 2013
  4. peachyperspectivve #

    That should be a framed photo in the content dept. as a reminder that everyone gets edited … and it’s ok. It’s actually more beneficial for everyone that this extra step is never missed.

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    March 4, 2013
  5. Reblogged this on Jorda's Blog.

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    March 4, 2013
  6. Reblogged this on Rachel London.

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    March 4, 2013
  7. I just had this conversation with my graduate students and handed them copies of my recent self-edits on the 7th draft of an article – looked very much like the photo above. I still edit on paper most of the time, primarily because it let’s me see the whole piece at once and breaks the linear illusion of the screen. The paper reminds me that I can move not only sentences, or paragraphs, but whole pages and sections around, and three sentences in the middle of page 13 really might belong at the bottom of page 3 – and I can see both pages at once to check that.

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    March 4, 2013
  8. I fear being edited but then I remember everyone needs it. It’s not a criticism of our work just a second set of eyes that can see what we missed.

    Great article. Really goes to show that everybody requires a little constructive criticism once in a while.

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    March 5, 2013
  9. So true! Great post! I try to explain this to my high school students every day – be sure to get someone to read over and peer edit your work. It is so important!

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    March 5, 2013
  10. Reblogged this on Coded Message.

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    March 5, 2013
  11. Reblogged this on Serenity is a fuzzy belly and commented:
    Found this on 101 Books, one of the blogs I follow, and can’t agree more. In my job as a letters-page editor at a daily newspaper (yes, they still exist!), I often have to deal with writers who think they shouldn’t be edited at all. No amount of explaining that we don’t print anything we know to be false, or that some things won’t pass the breakfast test, or that they only have a limited amount of space can convince them that I did not edit them that way to support my conservative/liberal/communist/Nazi/fill-in-the-blank agenda. Okay, I admit it. I’m evil.
    Bren

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    April 10, 2013
  12. Every day I deal with letter-writers to my newspaper who believe I’m trying to support my own agenda if I change even a comma (usually unneeded where it was inserted) or correct a misspelling (because, apparently, Hitler was a grammar snob). There are a few who understand that we edit all the letters we print (those would be the people we love), but some … well, they make you wish terminal commas really were.

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    April 10, 2013

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