|Posted on March 17, 2012 at 4:10 AM|
One day late, but as they say, better late than never.
For the last few months I've been studying proofreading and copy editing. Okay, they are very much the same, but they are also different in some things. I'm really enjoying the course, and hope to add this to my job description when I'm done.
Now, as I read through part of the copy editing module, there was a comment about how to query something that you feel is wrong. The example used was making the author out to be almost stupid. And basically the comment was about one word which had been incorrectly spelt for the market it was intended for. The ciourse author pointed out that you need diplomacy when making queries or comments.
I've had comments that my critiques are very nice. I like to tell the author/writer what I think without making them think they are stupid, or that their story or book is rubbish. I just feel that saying something negative in a positive, kind way is a lot more helpful than making the author fell like they've failed.
So, I got to thinking, in this business we call writing, there is plenty of opportunity to critique other peoples work. Sometimes we will proofread something. So with this in mind, how do you make comments when you critique or proofread, or whatever it is you're doing? Do you lay it on thick and tell everyone what you think? Or, do you use diplomacy and point out the fault in a diplomatic, helpful manner?