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What are your petpeeves?

Writers not following guidelines
3 (50%)
Grammar mistakes
1 (16.7%)
Wrong use of commas/punctuation
0 (0%)
Other
2 (33.3%)

Total Members Voted: 4

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Offline Wordtraveler

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Editor Pet Peeves
« on: October 23, 2009, 11:22:13 AM »
As an editor, what are your top complaints with writers?  Feel free to comment on the poll choices.
« Last Edit: October 23, 2009, 11:36:37 AM by Wordtraveler »
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Re: Editor Pet Peeves
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2009, 03:36:13 PM »
I can say that all of these are Pet Peeves, but fixing a comma takes 3 seconds and rewriting a sentence so that the grammar is better takes 30.  Having to send something back for a total rewrite because the writer doesn't follow directions, or clearly phoned it in, takes hours, and is often never totally fixable.
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Re: Editor Pet Peeves
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2009, 05:52:24 PM »
Whenever I read hopeful writers state they lack grammar, spelling, and punctuation skills, I cringe. It's like hearing your carpenter say he lacks skills with a saw, hammer, and nail, but wants to build you a house.

Not pretty.

For whatever reason, these same writers believe an editor will 'fix' these issues. That might ring true in Maxwell Perkin's day, but not in this century.

That's my editor's pet peeve: writers who expect an editor to carve a diamond from the coal of their novel.

Not happening.

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Re: Editor Pet Peeves
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2009, 11:08:42 AM »
I can say that all of these are Pet Peeves, but fixing a comma takes 3 seconds and rewriting a sentence so that the grammar is better takes 30.  Having to send something back for a total rewrite because the writer doesn't follow directions, or clearly phoned it in, takes hours, and is often never totally fixable.


I never thought of it that way.  Well put, rhutch.  Thanks for the reply.
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Re: Editor Pet Peeves
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2009, 11:21:37 AM »
Wolfe, great comparison--inexperienced writers and carpenters.  Love it!

...It's like hearing your carpenter say he lacks skills with a saw, hammer, and nail, but wants you to build you a house.  <snip>  That's my editor's pet peeve: writers who expect an editor to carve a diamond from the coal of their novel.

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Re: Editor Pet Peeves
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 10:49:53 AM »
Yup, all of them.  You've no business calling yourself a writer, even a novice writer or a wannabe writer, if you haven't made all of these second nature.  No excuses, no exceptions.

Wolfe's builder Blockedogy is spot on.  I quite like to make a comparison with a brain surgeon who couldn't be bothered with all that boring anatomy stuff...


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Re: Editor Pet Peeves
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2017, 06:24:40 PM »
Useful information, thank you.