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Sunday, January 28, 2007


So I'm a writer. It's generally acknowledged that I'm good at it, and I believe it, too.

But I think even above that, I'm an editor. It's so ingrained in my consciousness, I can't even read a novel but for seeking errors.

I have a two-page paper to write today. It's a pretty nothing sort of paper, something to be knocked out in about 15 minutes, honestly--if I had a handle on what I was going to write. But I'm sitting at the computer, and I can't think of an opening line.

So I went to the articles I would be discussing, and I picked a concept to talk about. I found a potential quote, typed it into my word document, and looked for the citation. Then, before even expounding on that quote, I created a new page and started my references. Just typing it up, making sure it was formatted in the proper editoral style, with all the necessary periods and placement of reference data, calmed me down.

I have a handle on my references. I can now begin to write.



Blogger Lesley said...

heh, heh, you want a job editing a dissertation in several months?

6:31 AM  
Blogger cilee said...

Editing and citing are my worst. Good thing it isn't something I use in my daily life. It would be heap bad news if that were the case.

1:46 PM  
Blogger momof3 said...

Le I sent you a christmas card, but I may have sent it to your old address. I miss talking to you. When I hear you talking about your college days it makes me long for our old days at ESU!!! Liss

9:43 AM  

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