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Editor, Please?

Updated on January 23, 2019
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Let me write you a story. A writer reads a book. It is full of editing mistakes. What should the writer do? Write about it!

Error! Error! Error!

Don't you love (and when I write love here, I mean hate) when you are reading a good book or article and find a place in the text where there is a grammatical error--especially if it is something you have purchased?

I read a book given to me (not purchased thank goodness) with great information in it, but it had errors in it. The actual information in the book became secondary to me as I found myself editing the book! I could not get past the errors. I was fixated on finding more and dreamed of ways to republish the book with the corrections I thought would work best.

I became the self-declared editor of the book. I could no longer read the book for the joy of it because I feared that I needed to correct the wording!

Who edited the book? Can I sue him for destroying my ability to simply read a good book because he failed to do his job? Can I speak to the editor, please?

Write It, Read it, Edit it, Read it, Edit it, Read it...

Okay; I know that the subtitle is a bit (and by a bit, I mean a lot) over-emphasising the editing part. Had you gone through the same experience as did I you might add a little (a lot) of emphasis too!

The biggest problem with writing for some of us writers is that we tend to want to write it and get it out to readers quickly! It is frustrating having to edit text.

The words initially put to paper or entered on the screen represent more than just simple words to writers. While writing, writers experience a myriad of emotions behind each word. Some of us can actually capture what we feel as we write and convey it to the reader

However, even the best writer needs to make sure that along the writing journey there are no unexpected stops where something is left out, or an idea left unclear.

Personally, I read my articles several times before I submit them on and several times afterward. Occasionally I still miss something!

The best way to edit is to have another person read it. As bloggers and such, some of us do not have the pleasure of an editor awaiting our nuggets of wisdom. As such, the situation requires a system of self-editing.

The way to become an excellent writer, as well as a creative one, is to know that you will make an (or many) editing mistakes. It may be a misspelled word or a left out idea. Regarding this article, I have read it several times and added something each time because my brain works faster than my fingers type!


The Speed of Thought

Millions of neurons firing in the brain as the picture shows to the right cause the simplest movements and tasks.

Think about it. Each time you move your finger there is a burst of bio-electrical energy sending the instructions to your finger to obey.

Those signals from the brain cause writers to type or write on paper. Because our brain works at the speed of thought, it is significantly faster than are our hands.

Depending on what we are trying to do, our thoughts generally function within the environment to stimuli--visual stimuli most often. According to a psychological study reported by Martin J. Tovee in the Psychology Department of Newcastle University in the UK, it takes about 20 to 30 milliseconds for the average person to respond to visual stimuli.

Imagine how fast it is for our thoughts, pure thought with no external stimuli!

With thoughts floating around in the brain at super speeds there is no wonder that occasionally there is a mistake or two (or three or four, etc.) in texts after completion.

The human brain is magnificent! It is the best computer there is because of all that it does! It is so good that it works faster than do its parts. By the time the thought reaches our hands to go to paper or screen the brain has moved on to the next item!

Because of this phoneme, editing is always the answer. Check those articles you have written several years ago and start editing!


What Do you say?

Have you ever submitted a paper or assignment without editing it?

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© 2015 Rodric Anthony Johnson

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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      Thank you. This is good advice. I know what you mean about the temptation to get the article posted.

    • ikepius profile image


      6 years ago from Twittosphere: @ikepius

      .I wish I read your article before Self Publishing my book... I learned the hard way that people want Good Grammar! Great Hub... Voted up, and more!

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      6 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      THanks BlossomSB for reading a commenting. It is so hard for me to wait a day after I have written something! I agree with you though.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      That's so true. At one stage in my life I was an editor, but it's totally different editing my own work. We tend to read what we meant to write and just don't see the mistakes. That's why it's best to ask someone else to read your work before it is published, or else write it, wait a day or so, edit it, and then some days later re-edit.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      6 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Seriously Rui! I expected that to happen. I would have done it. I made sure I read this hub so many times! Thanks for commenting and reading.

    • Rui Carreira profile image

      Rui Carreira 

      6 years ago from Torres Novas

      With a hub like this, I antecipate someone will take the time needed to read it all thoroughly in order to find any mistake to point out... just to mess with your head!


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