Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Editor

I don't know about you, but when I read, I constantly edit what is written, especially when it comes to many kids' books. I often come across sentences or phrases that either don't make sense or are repetitive repetitive. =)

Consider the following example:
I had to read that second sentence more than once before it made sense to me, and even then I thought it could use some revision. I find the comma avoidance issue quite annoying. Thus, I exercise my right as a reader by condensing the material and saying "cars, trucks, buses, and trains." Take that, book!

Anyone else have this problem--I mean--skill, when it comes to reading? =)

11 comments:

thehomespunheart said...

Yes, that is awkward! I notice typos more than grammatical errors - bet you cringe when you read my blog since I'm not grammatically tuned in. :)

Talk later,
Monica

Mom said...

Definitely! We proofreaders (me) and English majors (you) can't help ourselves! Love, Mom

CK N said...

Oh, I really do have that problem. I can hardly read the newspaper without freaking out about some kind of grammatical error. Sigh.

Kara K said...

I edited my daycare provider's contract and then stopped suddenly when I realized that I would have to make a signed copy to return to her. I notice that people get carried away with unnecessary capitalization. It's annoying

Wendi said...

I am an avid reader and have noticed that many novels have the same word spelled wrong through out the book. It drives me crazy that the proofreaders rely so much on auto spell check.

angie said...

Yes, I do the same thing. As an English major, it was what my brain was trained to do. I recall watching my mom edit the church bulletin, simply for her own peace of mind. So, perhaps it is part nature and part nurture!

erin said...

I think my internal editing is a compulsion at times -- I just can't help it (ending a sentence with a preposition -- eeks!).
I saw something that had me totally chuckling the other day -- "let's eat, Grandpa" "let's eat Grandpa" -- proper grammar can save someone's life. :)

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

Um, yes! I haven't read too many children's books, other than what I read to my nieces years ago, but I find myself editing anything I read. Or hear. I can get completely sidetracked in a sermon if the preacher uses improper grammar.

That page you posted made me crazy. It's missing more commas than simply between the list of vehicles! Bah!

I gave a very negative review once on Amazon to a book for several reasons, but the #1 reason was that the book badly needed an editor. About 3 pages in, and I suspected it was self-published (which it was). There were other reasons I couldn't recommend the book (like, I think the author was a little bit nuts with her conclusions), but the editing factor was first.

kelseylynae said...

Major issues. The big "no-no" I always look for are misplaced modifiers:

Example: Mixing bowl wanted for cook with round bottom for efficient beating!

Mainly I look for these because they make me laugh.

I do edit/revise others sentences in my head all the time as well; however, I don't take the time to proofread my blog like I should. Months later I'll return to a post and cringe when I find some silly grammatical mistake I made! Yikes!

Fun post! Hope you all are good…err….well! :)

kelseylynae said...

And I'm sure you have, but if not, read the book "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves."

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Yes. I'm the same way. That page you photographed could be written and punctuated SO MUCH BETTER!

Hope you're well, Carrie. I'm still keeping up with your blog but I've been such a lurker lately. :)