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Writers’ Wednesday: The Art of Editing

Michelle and barack obama new yorker cover

Image by Lord Mariser via Flickr

The most difficult part of writing, for me,  is editing. I can check over someone else’s piece once and see a mistake, but correct my own ten times, and then, once it’s posted, see a glaring error.  Spelling isn’t a big problem, but punctuation and grammar are;  especially knowing where to place commas.

For anyone else who loves to write, I’d like to share this interview I found with Mary Norris, a Copy Editor for The New Yorker Magazine.

Copy Editing at The New Yorker Magazine. An Interview With Mary Norris

September 20, 2009, 7:24 pm

2 Responses

  1. Mary, read the very readable and memorable elements of style by E.B. White (of Cornell and Charlotte’s Web). It is so vividly written that it is easy to remember, and you will never again be in doubt as to where to place a comma.
    Blessings,
    Anita

    • I actually found it in a “give-away pile” in my husband’s building at Cornell and knew I had “scored”! Thanks for reminding me that I need to read it NOW!
      We’re on a ten day marriage care/sabbatical care break right now, so appreciate your prayers!

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