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Monthly Archives: November 2013

What Bad Editing Feels Like


Say you tell someone that you’re having a really hard time with {FILL IN THE BLANK} and they nod blankly and stare off to the left as if you’ve merely relayed directions to the nearest gas station, or worse, admitted to having done something truly embarrassing. Bad editing feels similar; it feels like delivering heartfelt…

What Bad Editing Sounds Like


It sounds like a college classroom debate, or a cross examination from opposing counsel. There will be questioning, but mainly questioning that leads you further and further away from what you really wanted to say. Basically, debate-style parrying does not help most people elaborate on their deepest intuitions. An editor who pokes and prods like…