ADVICE – The Three Stages of Editing

February 26, 2014


In my ADVICE – How to Become a Better Writer blog post, I initially had a spelling error in the title.  It was just a slightly more public reminder of my continuing struggles with editing.

Long ago, my wife noted my struggles and merciful took upon herself the task of being my editor.  It is not an easy task.  She surely did not realize what she was getting into when she agreed.  In bewilderment, she regularly calls me over to read a sentence I have written.  I will read out loud a sentence of pure literature only to have her point out that the words I spoke were not the words I had written.  My brain simply compensates, substituting what I intended to write, despite what my fingers might actually type.  If the world could only hear what things sound like in my head, I would win a Pulitzer.

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Given my propensity for writing errors, my wife is not very sympathetic when I embarrass myself by going rogue and publishing a blog prior to her editing.

That is what happened with “ADVICE – How to Become a Better Writer”.  It was short, I reasoned, ‘How could I messed that up?’  Evidently, I don’t even require a full sentence to make an editing mistake.  I can do it in a title.

My wife and son are out-of-town at a NCFCA speech and debate tournament so I am without my beloved editor.  I could refrain from publishing anything until she returns but what is the fun in that?  Therefore, I apologize in advance because it is going to be a rough couple days.  I did some research in anticipation of my impending difficulties and went looking for some advice on how to improve my editing.

I thought I would pass along some of the good advice I found from The Three Stages of Editing .  We will see how it works over the next couple days…starting now.

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  1. I am sure you must be writing about Me!!! 🙂
    God Bless us all,Amen.

  2. I have the same problem with writing, it was a lot worst but things got a bit better over time; it got so bad that for my thesis my professor said I should pay someone to professionally edit my grammar because it was distracting and taking away the force of any argument given.

  3. I am laughing out loud…..I am terrible at editing my own work. Be thankful you have her. Ummmmm….you are going rouge??? I would double check that before she catches on. Thank you for the giggles!! (Shhhh…rogue)

    • Bummer…I guess it does not count that I got all the right letters just not in the correct order:)

  4. I think I read that post after you corrected the typo. But even so, I probably wouldn’t have noticed such a small error. Most of us aren’t professionals anyway. Though we ought to strive for excellence in all things for the glory of Christ, people will look past the minor errors and just be thankful for the word of encouragement. I know I am. God bless!

  5. Reblogged this on My Untold Story.

  6. Me too:P Pray and have faith:) it’s not about the spelling and grammar it’s about your message from the Lord, people will understand either way, no worries 🙂 happy posting by yourself:)

  7. I am laughing out loud 🙂

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