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  1. KB

    As someone who’s fairly new to the job of editing, I’ve found that after performing many, many, many edits (because, you know, there just aren’t many good writers out there in terms of grammatical correctness [or maybe there just aren’t a lot of good writers out there, period]), the short story/article/novella/essay/academic journal or whathaveyou begins to take on my personal writing voice. Suddenly I read the piece as a whole and I’m like, “Jesus, this totally sounds like I wrote it!”

    Editing someone else’s work to the point where it sounds like it came straight from my flash drive is not a conscious choice, obviously – it’s just that when people turn in crap, there’s no choice but to practically rewrite the whole damn thing (especially if you’re working under tight deadlines and/or asking the writer who turned in said crap to go back to the drawing board is out of the question and/or completely cutting the piece is not an option). Sometimes I feel like a fraud when I look at the published piece and see another author’s name attached to it.

    C’est la vie in the world of editing, I suppose (at least an editor who’s still totally green at this point, anyway).

  2. GOTHAMGIRL

    Extreames are bad. In the novel Jaws the publisher or editor said it didn’t have enough sex in it. So the writer, to appease them, added a whole bit about a affair the scientist has with the sheriffs wife. When spildberg got a hold of it he cut it out because he knew it was unnessary crap. Some writers have now reached a point where they don’t have to listen to a editor and so they don’t but their work isn’t nessarily better for it. No editing can lead to a lack of improvement or reduntency. Too much editing can lead to a work that’s not really the authors but worse, a peice the’s what the editor “thinks” people want to read instead of what they want to read. Imagine if vampies are really popular at the moment and your editor says you need to add a vampire to your story that’s about plague out break. You would be ever so pissed.

    Now for my nerdiness to show. Because of the editorial changes that would be made at marvel some writers would purposely turn their work in late to prevent story changes, mind you it would also allow mistakes to be made. A prime example of why writers would feel this is nessesary involves Nightcrawler. Nightcrawler is the son of Mystique and a demon like mutant from a sub dimension. However, orginally Nightcrawler was suppose to be born from Mystiques lesbian lover Irene Adler, aka Destiny, after morphing into a man for the conception. Marvel wouldn’t allow it stating it was too “controversal.”

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